Les Demoiselles d’Afrique

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.

Choregraphie and interpretation : Ange Aoussou-Dettmann, Agathe Djokam Tamo, Aicha Kaboré, Kadidja Tiemanta, Germaine Sikota, Carmelita Siwa
Dramaturgy : Salia Sanou
Adaptation / lighting and sound : Jean-Paul Sari
Light creation : Clara Wagner

Production: The SUBS – a living place of artistic experiences, Lyon
In cooperation with the CDC La Termitière, Ouagadougou and the Compagnie Mouvements Perpétuels

Support: The DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, The French Institute in Paris and the City of Lyon, The Res Publica Association, with the support of Onda – National Office for Artistic Diffusion, the Goethe Institute

From September 22 to 25, 2021