Nadia Beugré (Abidjan | Montpellier)
entrance € 14,00 | reduced € 7,00
Gasteig ALT | Carl-Orff-Saal
24.10. 18:00 – 19:00
25.10. 21:00 – 22:00
26.10. 19:00 – 20:00
Artist talk after the performance on 25.10., moderated by Christina Hommel (in French with German translation)
No language skills required
The discomfort many men feel when they are faced with dances which are generally classified as more „feminine“ because of the pelvis movements they involve, amuses the choreographer Nadia Beugré. Do men consider occupying themselves with pelvis and hips as a threat to their (construed) masculinity? In L’HOMME RARE (English: The unusual man) Nadia Beugré gathers five dancers and performers who see themselves as belonging, permanently or temporarily, to the male gender. The dancers‘ faces remain hidden, with their backs to us, they succumb to different choreographic flows. But the choreography’s focus always lies on the flexibility of their pelvises. L’HOMME RARE questions the attention paid to bodies, by placing the spectator in the position of a voyeur. The five dancers are experimenting with the inversion of male and female attributes, relatively naked, sometimes wearing high-heeled shoes. By dealing with voyeurism, Nadia Beugré also reflects on the history of the European gaze on black bodies and investigates how all of us judge other bodies.
Creation | Choreography Nadia Beugré Performance Lucas Nicot | Vadel Guei | Daouda Keita | Nadim Bahsoun | Marius Moguiba Light creation Anthony Merlaud Light management Beatriz Kaysel Music Serge Gainsbourg | Lucas Nicot | Percussions d’Obilo External Eye Faustin Linyekula
Nadia Beugré was born in 1981 in the Ivory Coast. She had her first appearance in 1995 as a member of Dante Theatre, where she was educated and trained in traditional dance. Two years later she became a founding member of Béatrice Kombé‘s groundbreaking, purely female dance ensemble TchéTché, with which she toured for years through Africa, Europe and North America and was highly acclaimed by the critics. After Kombé‘s early death in 2007, Beugré immersed herself into contemporary dance, taking choreography lessons with Germaine Acogny in Senegal. She continued her education in 2009 and took part in Ex.e.r.ce., Mathilde Monnier’s programme for talented, aspiring choreographers at the Centre Choréographique National de Montpellier. Very soon she staged her own productions: UN ESPACE VIDE: MOI (2009) and QUARTIERS LIBRES (2012), LEGACY (2015), TAPIS ROUGE (2017), ROUKASSKASS CLUB (2018) as well as for the Darmstadt Staatstheater the musical piece ATEM (2020). As a dancer, Beugré appeared in works of Seydou Boro (Burkina Faso), Alain Buffard (France), Dorothée Munyaneza (France/Ruanda) and Bernardo Montet (France) and took part in 10.000 GESTES of Boris Charmatz. Since 2017, Nadia Beugré has been part of the five-year Artist-in-Residence-Programme at De Vooruit in Gent and is currently associate artist to La Briqueterie near Paris.
Production and realization
Executive Production Libr’Arts | Virginie Dupray Production Studios Kabako With support from Latitudes Contemporaines Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium | Théâtre de la Ville, Festival d’Automne à Paris, France | Montpellier Danse 2019/2020 résidence de création à l’Agora, cité internationale de la danse, with support fromthe Fondation BNP Paribas | CCN2, Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, France | CCN d’Orléans, France | KunstencentrumVooruit, Gent, Belgium | Musée de la Danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, France | BIT Teater garasjen, Bergen, Norway | Théâtre de Nîmes, France With support from L’échangeur CDCN Hauts-de France (Studio Libre), Château-Thierry, France and DRAC Occitanie –French Ministry of Culture and Communication With the kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture / DGCA.