Friday 25. October 2024, 20.00 Uhr

To the rhythm of one and the multiple

If we are made of the same flesh, the substance is embodied as a kyrielle of humanities. At the vague relentlessness of reality, vulnerable or potent, we discover each other, uncover each other, hurt each other, or marry each other. How to respond to this multitude and, these incessant movements, which travel through it?

It is the multiple identities of the dancers who come from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sri-Lanka, Madagascar, and France… Many bodies mixed with cultures and singular potentials that create this “block of humanities with intertwined singularities”, a concept so dear to the two choreographers, one of which is Franco-Tunisian.

“AKZAK” is derived from Turkish aksak which means off-beat in the Ottoman music. It is an irregular rhythm that links the ternary to the binary, creating and expected off beat in its real, and figurative meaning.

Rhythm is the core of this creation, the rhythm of bodies dancing and singing, the rhythm of the music created by Xavier Desandre Navarre, virtuous percussionist.

Besides the rhythm of the bursts of light, which reveal furtive images, recalling certain harsher realities in counterpoint to the joyful and collective dynamic.

AKZAK, the impatience of an interrelated youth, overflows with the energy of the collective group, of its irresistible vitality. The bodies, in an irrepressible interacting manner, get carried away, and move towards listening to the most minute, the overwhelming of oneself, revealing a fraternity of contagious sharing. The power of cohesion that stand on the singularities, showing the discrepancies between the individuals, here, where the true possibility of connections is being played.

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An intertwined choreographic and musical partition

AKZAK marks a return to the essentials of the Dance/Music relationship, even going so far as to make performers into rhythm musicians.

The nine dancers interact with the musical composition performed live by Xavier Desandre Navarre. He develops a very particular musical identity through the eclecticism of the rhythms he summons. He explores the richness of complex combinations revealing surprising and hypnotic hybridizations until the final score, which brings together an instrumental chorus, played by the nine dancers and the musician.

The dance, solo or in its choral score, is skillfully intertwined with various rhythms. It unfolds in multiple relationships, invented through listening games conducive to making connections. The choreographic composition builds on complex rhythmic sequences where syncopation, along with rupture are playing on the continuity and fluidity of the gestures, where the suspensions of the movement are in dialogue with the liveliness of the bouncing dances. Throughout the piece, a sharp dance with calligraphic energy nourishes a shared imagination of AKZAK.


Choreography: Héla Fattoumi - Éric Lamoureux

Dancers: Sarath Amarasingam, Meriem Bouajaja, Juliette Bouissou, Mohamed Chniti, Chourouk El Mahati, Mohamed Fouad, Mohamed Lamqayssi, Johanna Mandonnet, Angela Vanoni

Music composition and interpretation: Xavier Desandre Navarre

Scenography – visual artist collaborator: Stéphane Pauvret

Light Design: Jimmy Boury

Costume Designer: Gwendoline Bouget

Costume Design Assistant Bérénice Fischer

Technical Director: Thierry Meyer

Sound Manager: Valentin Maugain

Light Manager: Manon Bongeot

Costume Manager: Hélène Oliva

COPRODUCTION with, MA scène nationale - Pays de Montbéliard, GRRRANIT SN Belfort, Scène nationale Châteauvallon-Liberté Le Théâtre, scène nationale de Mâcon and Théâtre Jean Vilar, Vitry-sur-Seine

AKZAK was labelled AFRICA 2020 in the framework of the season Africa 2020 of the French Institute in the honouring of the contemporary African creation.

In collaboration with La Termitière, CDC à Ouagadougou et La formation Nafass, Marrakech

WITH THE SUPPORT OF the Instituts français of Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt the Institut français Paris, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs - DAECT (Délégation à l'Action Extérieure des Collectivités Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales) as part of the decentralised cultural cultural cooperation project between the towns of Belfort and Ouagadougou, and the Conseil régional de Bourgogne Franche-Comté as part of the international solidarity scheme.

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