Anani Dodji Sanouvi

Anani Dodji Sanouvi

The protégé

Published in 2007

Anani Dodji (Pierre) Sanouvi, 31, has been hailed for his ability to assimilate different traditions into his own dynamic dance style.

Born in Togo, brought up in Gabon and now living in Senegal, he brings together his African heritage and European modernity. Sanouvi has overcome many obstacles, including initial scepticism from fellow villagers, to pursue a career as a dancer. In 1997, he began dancing professionally in Togo. He attended workshops such as the Ateliers du Monde in Montpellier, France (2001), and choreographer Germaine Acogny’s Ecole des Sables in Senegal (in 2002 and 2005).