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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


Mercedes Dassy

20 & 21.09.2024

An artist of both the body and the image, Mercedes Dassy is moving with this eruptive quartet from the solo (i-Clit in 2018 and B4 Summer in 2020) to the collective. For her, choreography is based on aesthetics and politics in a lively triangulation. With backgrounds in contemporary dance, hip hop, Afrobeat and performance, the four performers in Ruuptuur confront the languages of their bodies, which are both constrained and enhanced by prostheses.

These hybrid beings, these cyborg-centauresses launch an assault on the break-up, in all its forms, as a necessary act of change. Moments of loudness and suspension, anarchy and anger, but also attention and care, adolescent energy and raw sisterhood make up this pagan ritual, at once cathartic and ferocious an attack on conventions. Standards and norms come under assault. Fear retreats. Courage is shared.

Corealisation FAME Festival, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

As part of FAME, the performing arts festival which highlights art produced by women and gender minorities, designed in direct dialogue with feminist, queer and decolonial struggles.






Salle Jacques Huisman


Concept and choreography
Mercedes Dassy

Kanessa Aguilar Rodriguez
Kim Ceysens
Mercedes Dassy
Justine Theizen

Alternating with
Dora Almeleh
Maeva Lassere

Dramaturgy and artistic advice
Sabine Cmelniski

Justine Denos

Clément Braive

Caroline Mathieu

Dramaturgical collaboration
Maria Kakkogianni

Outside eye
Judith Williquet

Lighting management
Bryan Albert

Sound management
Clément Braive

Production and distribution
ama brussels

Delegate production
Atelier 210
ama brussels

Charleroi danse, Théâtre de Liège, VIERNULVIER, La Villette, Points communs - nouvelle scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise/Val d’Oise, la Coop asbl, Shelter Prod, Atelier 210, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine Saint-Denis

With the help of
la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / Direction de la Danse, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse

With the support of
La Villette, La Bellone, Buda KunstenCentrum – Courtrai, le studio Thor,, ING, Tax-Shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge

Mercedes Dassy is an associate artist of Charleroi danse.

Michiel Devijver
Le Rideau de saison, Maak & Transmettre · photos : Lucile Dizier, 2024