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African Delight

Soweto's Finest - Tchado's Stars

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Dance and Performance

Performance is at the heart of this Biennale edition. Learn more and discover the shows.

 

Things to see

 

African Delight Soweto's Finest
Premieremondiale

In Ndjamena, Tapa; in Soweto, Ishbuja. Two urban dances, two high-octane dance languages with which blazing youth makes a highly assertive statement about history and the globalised now. Providing the bodies are allowed to tell the story.

“We dance to say thank you” – that’s the watchword of Soweto's Finest, a crew led by 26-year-old choreographer Thomas Gumede. He’s brought with him four lads, three of Zulu origin, and dance carved in the township that marked South African history. Their DNA? Street dance spiced with hip hop and traditional elements. And a distinguishing feature? They aim to renew the Pantsula culture and its über-theatrical social-protest dance, born in the townships and entwined with the history of apartheid. This post-apartheid generation has moved on with Ishbuja: spectacular gestural language and maxi-expressive bodies, from toe-tips to horrendous gurns. Ishbuja, as in “bourgeois” for its class and elegance, but injected with all the brutality, energy and self-mockery of five kids driven by their history, from Zulus to Mandela.
From street dance to the fresh challenge of the stage – that’s also the trajectory of the Tchado’s Stars, very recently discovered at the Souar Souar festival in N'djamena, Chad. Four electric youngsters – two from Chad, two from Cameroon – and the urge to dance. Their motto: everything goes – mix, rap, trad, hip hop of course, crump, coupé-décalé... And let the Tapa – literally “blend” – bubble up to scorch globalisation and joyously sustain the African identity. N'djamena / Johannesburg, Tchado’s Stars / Soweto's Finest, Tapa / Ishbuja – in Lyon the two crews will perform separately then team up on stage. Bonded, undeniably, by a certain idea of the committed, assertive body.

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Dates et horaires

  • Sat 27 Sep19:00
  • Sun 28 Sep15:00
  • Sun 28 Sep19:00

Tarif

  • Tarif unique 16€

Abonnement

  • CatégorieC

Soweto’s Finest, Ishbuja
Pièce pour 5 danseurs
Création 2014 — Durée, 25 min

Chorégraphie : Thomas Bongani Gumede
Danseurs : Thomas Bongani Gumede, Neo Chokoe, Masondo Nqobile Prince, Njabulo Mahlaba, Kagiso Mashiane

Tchado's Stars, Tapa
Pièce pour 4 danseurs
Création 2014 — Durée, 25 min

Chorégraphie : Aleva Ndavogo
Danseurs : Aleva Ndavogo, Essimbi Tsimi, Tchakounte Kamya, Dakanga Hervé

Conseiller artistique Interarts : Jacques Blanc — Direction technique : Philippe Lambert — Régisseur son : Sylvain Fayot — Régie lumière : Jérôme Tournayre — Direction de production et coordination : Chantal Larguier — Assistant : Amin Jakfar — Administration : Jean Mathiot — Diffusion : Martine Dionisio

Coproduction Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2014 – Interarts Lausanne – Avec le soutien de la Maison des arts et de la culture de Créteil et de l’Institut français du Tchad - Une première version de la première partie Ishbuja a été créée dans le cadre du festival Suresnes Cité Danse 2014. Avec la participation du Centre culturel Aragon d'Oyonnax, du Sémaphore - Théâtre d'Irigny, et de La Mouche-Théâtre de Saint-Genis-Laval

To be explored

 

Lecture

Performative dances: deframed French choreographies, 1990-2010.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Wed 17, 4 pm - Free Entry

Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre is Laurent Goumarre’s special guest for a conversation that’s open to the public. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 20, 2pm - Free entry

History

Performance: a history in commentary and images. This lecture, open to all, offers a journey through the history of performance with video excerpts enriched by commentaries. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Fri 19, 6pm - Free entry

Cinema

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present by Matthew Akers. A retrospective of her work which will be the opportunity for Abramović to answer the  question she is constantly asked: how is this art?

Cinéma Le Comoedia
Sun 21, 11.15am – Single price: €4.80

DVD

An event around the DVD Anna Halprin, Danser sa vie,  just released in France. An invitation to discover the career of this wonderful dancer through a historical presentation, screenings, and an exploration of the body. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 27, 5.30pm - Free entry

Frigo Group

Performance art was one of the forms of artistic action produced by the Frigo group in Lyon in the 1980s. The Biennale has invited the players in that adventure to comment on a screening of their major performances of the time. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Sat 13 at 2pm

To be experienced

 

Ambra Senatore

Asta, an auction
Performance: Ambra holds an auction of everyday acts. The winning bidder will have their purchase performed at their home by Ambra Senatore.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Thu 18, 12.30-2.30pm

Free entry 

 

Les Thermes

France Distraction - Living installation

A swimming pool filled with 25,000 black balls. On each ball, inscriptions borrowed from the Stoics. All you need to do is dive in, for a perfectly
literal immersion in a “big bath of morality”. A philosophical yet highly entertaining experience.

Café Danse - Palais du commerce
Wed 10, 17 and 24 and Sat 13 and 27, 1-5pm

Free entry, unlimited experimentation (subject to space)

Sat 20 at 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
Experiment assisted by Julien Fournet and Alice Popieul.

Free entry, booking required at ticket office

Thu 18 and Fri 19
Assisted experimentation, for schools only (booking required)