Nadia Beugré


The Ivorian choreographer Nadia Beugré (Adibjan, 1981) started her career in 1995 at the Dante Theatre in Abidjan, where she trained in traditional dance. Two years later, she became a co-founder of Béatrice Kombé’s groundbreaking, all-female dance ensemble, TchéTché. They toured together through Africa, Europe and North America, until Kombé’s death in 2007. Beugré worked through the loss of her mentor in her internationally acclaimed debut solo performance, Un espace vide: moi. Subsequently, Beugré immersed herself in contemporary dance by taking choreography classes with Germaine Acogny in Senegal at the École des Sables. In 2009, she was accepted at Ex.e.r.ce., Mathilde Monnier’s programme for talented, up-and-coming choreographers at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, where she continued her training. Beugré developed an idiosyncratic oeuvre including works such as her 2012 piece Quartiers Libres (‘Free Territory’), Legacy (2015) and Tapis Rouge (2017). Her work merges traditional folk dances, contemporary experimental dance and urban/hip-hop influences. The New York Times wrote in praise of her work: ‘It’s harrowing, both in action and sound; Ms. Beugré knows how to make a crowd trust her just as, in a split second, she knows how to knock the air out of people. She’s wild, like the wind.’ She has also performed as a dancer in works by fellow choreographers Seydou Boro (Burkina Faso), Alain Buffard (France), Dorothée Munyaneza (France/Rwanda), Faustin Linyekula (DRC), Bernardo Montet (France) and Boris Charmatz (France). Legacy, a ritualized homage to the power of women rebels in the Ivorian war of independence, was Beugré’s debut at the Holland Festival in 2018. In 2017, Nadia Beugré began a five-year artist-in-residence programme at Vooruit in Ghent. In her most recent piece, L’homme rare, which will be performed at the 2020 Holland Festival, Beugré explores gender roles in dance.