A choreography of survival
Metal against metal, two knives are being sharpened against each other, producing a sound that seems both mundane and otherworldly at the same time. In the dim light of the stage, Dorothée Munyaneza steps forward and sings in Kinyarwanda, a Rwandan Bantu language. She was twelve when Rwanda was bathed in the blood of the Tutsi minority in the genocide of 1994 and she had to flee to Europe. 800,000 dead in 100 days, that’s what Alain Mahé reads to us, who doesn’t just make knives sing on the stage, but also produces music with machetes and pots, to which dancer Nestor Kouamé dances and Munyaneza sings and speaks. Together the three of the attempt to make it possible to experience the individual and collective trauma through art, without ever denying its inconceivability. In the process, they descend deep down into the pain, undeviating in their search for the answer to the question: “And you? Where were you in April 1994?”
Conceived . Choreographed . Directed by Dorothée Munyaneza With Nestor Kouamé . Alain Mahé . Dorothée Munyaneza Outside Eye Mathurin Bolze Light design Christian Dubet Stage design Vincent Gadras Costume design Tifenn Morvan Stage manager Marion Piry Lighting technology Marie Le Vey Sound Valérie Bjcsa Production manager Emmanuel Magis Assistant Marion Gauvent Production Kadidi Company With the support of Anahi / Emmanuel Magis Coproduction Théâtre de Nîmes–scène conventionnée pour la danse, Théâtre La Passerelle–scène nationale de Gap et des Alpes du Sud, Bois de l'Aune-Aix-en-Provence, Théâtre des Salins–scène nationale de Martigues, L’Onde–Théâtre Centre d'Art de Vélizy-Villacoublay, Pôle Sud–Strasbourg, Théâtre Jacques Prévert–Aulnay-sous-Bois, Le Parvis–scène nationale de Tarbes, Théâtre Garonne–Toulouse, Réseau Open Latitudes 2 Cultural European Programme, Théâtre de Liège, Théâtre de la Ville–Paris, BIT Teatergarasjen–Bergen. With the support of Théâtre Le Monfort–Paris, of Friche Belle de Mai–Marseille, of DRAC (Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs) PACA- Ministry of Culture and Communication, of SACD, association Beaumarchais, Arcadi Ile-de-France, ADAMI and Mairie of Paris.
Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes)
With the support of Institut français and Ministère de la Culture et Communication / DGCA
Staatstheater Kleines Haus
17.06. 19:00 Uhr
Concessions VVK 9 Euro . AK 10 Euro
Introduction 16.06. 20.00 Uhr . Foyer Kleines Haus
Warm-up 17.06. 18.00 Uhr . Kleines Haus
Post-Show Talk 17.06.
Duration 1h15 . keine Pause
Language French with German and English surtitles
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