Les Demoiselles d’Afrique

Residence / Production déléguée
From September 13 to 21, 2021

As part of   Si loin si proche, an artistic partnership à la SUBS

The dancers and choreographers Ange Aoussou-Dettmann, Agathe Djokam Tamo, Aicha Kaboré, Kadidja Tiementa, Carmelita Siwa and Germaine Sikota will be hosted in residence in September 2021 for Les Demoiselles d’Afrique.

Les Subsistances is hosting and coordinating Les Demoiselles d’Afrique with Le CDC – La Termitière , directed by Salia Sanou.

Salia Sanou brings together on a single stage 5 short forms by 6 young African dancers and choreographers (from Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, and Cameroon): Ange Aoussou-Dettmann, Agathe Djokam Tamo, Aicha Kaboré, Kadidja Tiementa, Germaine Sikota and Carmelita Siwa.

Their work in progress provides an unusual glimpse of recent developments in contemporary African dance. Freed from the biographical narrative, these short forms interact with each other to create something more comprehensive, where the women’s different positions sketch out a fascinating artistic path. Les Demoiselles d’Afrique is both a group portrait of a young generation ready to assert itself and an artistic manifesto on the place of women in 21st-century Africa.

Every year Les SUBS invites a residency and creation organization from another country to promote the artists who work there. For the space of a week, Les SUBS lives at the pace of their guest and the guest’s home city. This is our way of helping audiences discover artistic scenes unknown in France and to make the spirit, genius, and art de vivre of a place tangible, and to create while also taking an interest in that place’s music, food, and party sense (or lack of one). The program for this week includes shows, concerts, screenings, exhibits, meetings and discussions, as well as practical workshops for amateurs designed with the invited organization’s team. In short, it’s a partnership à la SUBS.

In 2006, Burkinabe choreographers Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro opened a Center for the Development of Choreographer (CDC) in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). They gave it the unusual name of La Termitière: a place “to develop contemporary dance in Africa that, like a termite mound, grows from the inside due to industrious subterranean work.” Dedicated to creative residencies, professional training, distributing shows, and organizing the “Dialogues de corps” festival, this pioneering center in Africa is now one of the continent’s most dynamic artistic platforms.

Choregraphy & interpretation: Ange Aoussou-Dettmann, Agathe Djokam Tamo, Aicha Kaboré, Kadidja Tiementa, Germaine Sikota, Carmelita Siwa
Direction and dramaturgy: Salia Sanou
Music: Strigall Gallotta, « Is This What Everybody » de Cliff Martinez, « Collective for “Changuito” de Drums for Tomorrow, Voix de Madame Tzegouo Marie Alvisse et Mfopou Tsiemi Abdel Ra-him, « Last wishes » d’Ibrahim Malouf, Zam Ebale Martino
Adaptation / Sound and light management: sous le regard de Jean-Paul Sari

Production: les SUBS – lieu vivant d’expériences artistiques, Lyon
In cooperation with le CDC La Termitière, Ouagadougou et la Compagnie Mouvements Perpétuels
Supports (In progress): ONDA – Office National de Diffusion Artistique, Association Res Publica

Acknowledgments and supports:
J’aime le rouge : Dany Rüger, Francky Messi
Les Larmes de la veuve : Emily Coates, Lacina Coulibaly, Au-guste Ouédraogo, Bienvenue Bazié
À qui le tour ? : Romain de Lagarde, l’École Des Sables, l’Ins-titut Français de Paris (Visa pour la création 2017), l’Insti-tut Français du Cameroun, l’Espace Donko Seko, le Centre chorégraphique Pôle en Scènes/Pôle Pik, Acogny d’Argent Africa Simply The Best 2019
Crossing : Bibata Ibrahim Maiga
Adido : Yacouba Traoré, Doublé, Wassila, Mohamed, Roger, l’Institut français (Visa pour la création 2018), l’Espace Don-ko Seko, l’École des Sables, le Théâtre Soleil (Ouagadougou)

From September 22 to 25, 2021