Elisabeth Mase

Elisabeth Masé is a visual artist and novelist. From 1984 to 1997, she was lecturing at the Basler Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst. In 1994, she was visiting professor at the Statens Kunstakademi in Oslo, Norway. Her work has been exhibited at international museums and art associations. She published at Verlag Kleinheinrich, Muenster, and won numerous awards, i.e. the ‘Swiss Award’ and ’Manor Art Prize’. Her artworks can be found in public and private collections in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the US. Since 2015 she realized several interdisciplinary artistic projects i.e. with the Tchekpo Dance Company.

Since 2018 she has been working with Tchekpo Dan Agbetou, a Benin dancer, choreographer and lecturer.

The theme of their projects are the longing for protection, human engagement, and dignity. The collectively developed works of art create an anthropological gesture of social behavior. Politically, the projects can be seen as a statement for justice in hierarchically organized societies.

Tchekpo Dan

Tchekpo Dan Agbetou is a dancer, choreographer and lecturer. He studied African Dance in Benin/West Africa and Modern and Jazz Dance at the Alvin Ailey Theater and Steps on Broadway in New York. In 1991, he founded the Tchekpo Dance Company, in 1995, together with his wife, the dancer and choreographer Ulla Agbetou, he opened DansArt Networks, a dance center, in Bielefeld. Since 2002, the two are artistic directors of the annual “Tanzfestival Bielefeld.“ In 2006, they founded the “Biennale Passages”, in 2013 the “Biennale Artists in Fusion”. Tchekpo Dan Agbetou is performing and lecturing all over Europe, the US, Asia and Africa.

His Prominent Work