Salia Sanou

Du désir d’horizons

Montpellier, France en Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Dutch premiere

Laurent Philippe

Du désir d’horizons

Montpellier, France en Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Dutch premiere

Laurent Philippe

Du désir d’horizons

Montpellier, France en Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Dutch premiere

Laurent Philippe

Du désir d’horizons

Montpellier, France en Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Dutch premiere

Laurent Philippe

Salia Sanou | Du désir d’horizons

The refugee within us all
Where does the boundary between yourself and the other lie? How should you deal with problems while not losing yourself in the process? The dance performance Du désir d’horizons by choreographer Salia Sanou from Burkina Faso, one of the most influential artists in contemporary African dance, revolves around these questions. Sanou sought inspiration in the experiences he had during workshops he gave to refugees in his home country, although he says the performance should not be seen as documenting life in refugee camps. Instead, Sanou has six dancers, a narrator and two young refugees tell ‘stories’ about universal themes, which should also be familiar to non-refugees: loneliness, the individual versus the collective and the desire for freedom. With a great deal of energy, optimism and humour, Du désir d’horizons shows how you can deal with change and difficult situations, at personal as well as at universal level.

 

“The dance is magnificent, sinuous, strong, profoundly original with its vocabulary that blends brilliantly with contemporary dance accents from elsewhere.” 

- Danser Canal Historique

Credits

Choreographer | Salia Sanou
Dancers | Valentine Carette, Ousséni Dabaré, Catherine Denecy, Jérôme Kaboré, Elithia Rabenjamina, Mickael Nana, Marius Sawadogo, Asha Imani Thomas
Text | Nancy Huston (from: Limbes, Limbo / Un hommage à Samuel Beckett)
Images | Mathieu Lorry Dupuy
Lighting | Marie-Christine Soma
Music | Amine Bouhafa
Stage technology | Rémy Combret
Lighting technology | Diane Guérin
Production | Stéphane Maisonneuve
Coproduction | Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris (France), African Artists for Development, Bonlieu Scène nationale d’Annecy (France), La Bâtie Festival de Genève (Switzerland), La Filature Scène nationale de Mulhouse (France), Viadanse Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté à Belfort (France), Centre de développement chorégraphique de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (France)
With the support of | Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Occitanie, Région Occitanie, ADAMI

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