A stage for the stories of six strong women
For her work Mailles, ‘mesh’, the choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza, herself originally from Kigali (Rwanda), gathered a group of six very different artists and put them on stage together. She feels a deep kinship with each of them because of their strength and social involvement. The women are African, or have African roots, and speak out about their experiences with violence and oppression, while celebrating their strength as women. Each woman tells her story in her own language, in her own way - from spoken word to flamenco. The designer and visual artist Stéphanie Coudert connects the various elements with costumes and set design. On stage, this makes for a crossroad where all stories meet. About the group, Munyaneza says: ‘We are interwoven stories. We are melodies. We are humanity. We are crossings. Beyond identity, we are geographical, generational and professional network.’
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.
- Dorothée Munyaneza
- Ife Day, Yinka Esi Graves, Asmaa Jama, Elsa Mulder, Dorothée Munyaneza, Nido Uwera
- artistic collaboration, costumes, scenography
- Stéphanie Coudert
- with thanks to
- Keyierra Collins, Hlengiwe Lushaba Madlala, Zora Santos
- Alex Inglizian, Alain Mahé, Ben Lamar Gay, Dorothée Munyaneza
- Alain Mahé
- Christian Dubet
- scenographic advice
- Vincent Gadras
- general direction
- Marion Piry
- light direction
- Marine Levey, Anna Geneste
- sound direction
- Camille Frachet
- Compagnie Kadidi, Anahi
- Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Charleroi Danse - Centre Chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Châteauvallon - Scène nationale, Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Scène nationale, Le Grand T - Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique, CCN - Ballet National de Marseille (Accueil Studio 2020), NEXT Festival / La Rose des Vents - Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d'Ascq, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Théâtre de Nîmes - Scène conventionnée d'intérêt national - Art et Création - Danse contemporaine
- with support of
- DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Ministère de la Culture, Fonds de dotation du Quartz - Scène nationale de Brest, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon - Centre national des écritures contemporaines, la SPEDIDAM, le Département des Bouches du Rhône, la Ville de Marseille.
- Dorothée Munyaneza is associate artist bij Théâtre de la Ville-Paris en was in residentie in Chicago (VS) met de steun van de FACE Foundation, het Franse Consulaat-Generaal in Chicago, het Franse Instituut in Parijs, en in samenwerking met High Concept Labs, Ragdale Foundation, Experimental Station, Poetry Foundation, France Chicago Center aan de Universiteit van Chicago.
- This performance was made possible with support by