Dying overnight from Saturday to Sunday, the 40-year-old dancer was considered by many to be a precursor within hip-hop culture.
Ousmane Sy, whose father was from Mali, grew up in the Paris region.
Choreographer Ousmane Sy died at the age of 40. This “figure of the international hip-hop scene” co-directed the National Choreographic Center of Rennes and Brittany (CCNRB), in France, announced this last Sunday.
Ousmane Sy, who co-headed the CCNRB since January 2019 within the FAIR-E collective, died overnight from Saturday to Sunday, according to a press release which does not specify the causes of death.
“He was a renowned and essential figure on the international hip-hop scene. Under the pseudonym Babson, he joined the Wanted Posse collective in the 90s and won the “battle of the year” in 2001 ”, underlined the mayor of Rennes Nathalie Appéré.
The elected praised “a precursor” who “succeeded in imposing and having the richness of hip-hop culture recognized in contemporary dance”.
Ousmane Sy “pursued through the choreographic gesture an aesthetic research influenced as much by the corps de ballet, as the freestyle spirit of hip-hop or the tactical combinations of eleven-a-side sport, crossed by the conviction that identity is achieved through service of the entity ”, also underlined the CCNRB.
He had recently choreographed a creation called Queen Blood, presented at the Théâtre National de Bretagne in January 2020. Ousmane Sy, whose father was from Mali, grew up in Antony, in the Paris region.
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