Following the multiple measures taken in the fight against the Coronavirus, L’Homme rare is cancelled.

Performing a swaying walk, which can be both lively and sinuous, and supple undulations and movements from the waist, the faces of the five dancers choreographed by Franco-Ivorian Nadia Beugré are not visible. The choreography that connects them and is executed solely using their backs is inspired by dance techniques and styles that principally utilise the pelvis. With the insistent use of buttocks, these practices are seen as being more feminine, challenging or even chipping away at a strongly built and assimilated masculinity. If the issue of gender has always featured in Nadia Beugré’s work, in L’Homme rare she tackles it more head-on by offering an inversion of the perception of “male / female attributes” and questioning the attention paid to bodies and the qualities attributed to their movements. Starting with a game that blurs our perceptions of gender, the choreographer places the spectator in the position of a voyeur, which the artist connects to the outcome of her research on our understanding of the body, notably black and male, in history and today. With references to a series of old photographs of slave markets in the Ivory Coast consulted by the artist, L’Homme rare also becomes a reflection on the history of European’s gaze on black bodies and its persistence today.


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    €18.00 / €15.00

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    Contains Nudity


  • Presentation
    Kunstenfestivaldesarts-Théâtre National

    Creation, choreography
    Nadia Beugré

    Lucas Nicot
    Daouda Keita
    Nadim Bahsoun
    Tahi Vadel Guei
    Marius Moguiba

    Technical direction, light
    Anthony Merlaud

    Lighting control
    Beatriz Kaysel Velasco

    External eye
    Faustin Linyekula

    Studios Kabako
    Virginie Dupray 

    Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre de la Ville, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Montpellier Danse 2019/2020

    Agora – cité internationale de la danse | Residency supported by: Fondation BNP Paribas, CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (direction Maud Le Pladec), Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Musée de la Danse – Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, BIT Teatergarasjen

    With the support of
    L’échangeur CDCN Hauts-de France (Studio Libre)

    Thanks to
    Latitudes Contemporaines


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