Dorothée Munyaneza

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In the summer of 1994, after the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Dorothée Munyaneza, then twelve years old and her family, moved to England. She studied music at the Jonas Foundation in London and social sciences at the Canterbury Christ Church University. After finishing her studies in 2004, she contributed to the soundtrack for Terry George’s film Hotel Rwanda, and in 2005 performed on the album Anatomic by Afro Celt Sound System. In 2010 she released her first solo album, recorded with the producer Martin Russell, and in 2012 she worked on the album Earth Songs by the composer James Brett.  She establishes a dialogue between music and other means of expression, for example combining Afro-folk, dance and texts by Woody Guthrie when working with the guitarist Seb Martel. Or mixing dance, poetry and experimental music with the musician Jean-François Pauvros, butoh choreographer Ko Murobushi and the composer Alain Mahé for Krypt / The last song I dance. Also with Alain Mahé she has worked on in situ performances at the Pompidou Centre and at the Mucem in Marseille, as well as creating original choreographic pieces. In 2006 she met François Verret and performed in Sans Retour, Ice, Cabaret and Do you remember, no I don’t. Dorothée Munyaneza lives in France since 2008 and has worked on the international dance scene with Nan Goldin, Mark Tompkins, Robyn Orlin, Rachid Ouramdane, Maud Le Pladec and Alain Buffard. In 2013 she founded her own company, Kadidi, and presented Samedi Détente in November 2014 at the Théâtre de Nîmes. The show then toured extensively, with some hundred performances in France and abroad. Unwanted, her second show, has been performed for the first time in the summer of 2017.