L'Homme rare declares war on clear gender stereotypes. Five dancers explore dance styles with strong pelvic use that are usually read as "feminine".


FRI 28.10.2022
7:30pm — 8:30pm

Frankfurt LAB - Halle 1

Meet the Artists after the performance on Friday, 28.10. Small Talk after the performance on Saturday, 29.10.

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In L'Homme rare, the French-Ivorian choreographer Nadia Beugré turns clear gender attributions on their head. The five dancers stroll on stage with verve and supple movements - sometimes in high-heeled shoes, showing their backs and mostly relatively naked. The choreography thrives on dance techniques and styles that are generally read as "feminine". Like the funk carioca and the passinho, which are characterised by expansive hip and pelvic movements. While the faces of the performers remain hidden, a game unfolds in Beugré's piece that completely questions the clear perception of gender attributes and exposes the audience to their voyeurism. Themes of gender identity have always played an important role in Nadia Beugré's artistic work. With references to slave markets in the Ivory Coast, in L'Homme rare she also looks at the history of the European view of black bodies and examines how we all judge other bodies.

Choreography: Nadia Beugré Performance: Lucas Nicot, Vadel Guei, Daouda Keita, Nadim Bahsoun Marius Moguiba Lighting design, technical direction: Anthony Merlaud Music: Serge Gainsbourg, Lucas Nicot Percussion: Obilo DRC Outside Eye: Faustin Linyekula Production: Virginie Dupray

A production of Libr'arts and Studios Kabako, supported by Latitudes Contemporaines, in co-production with Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre de la Ville, Festival d'Automne Paris, Montpellier Danse 2019 / 2020, Development Residency at Agora, Cité internationale de la danse, supported by Fondation BNP Paribas, CCN2, Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, CCN d'Orléans, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Musée de la Danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, BIT Teater garasjen, Théâtre de Nîmes. Supported by L'échangeur CDCN Hauts-de France (Studio Libre), Château-Thierry and DRAC Occitanie - French Ministry of Culture and Communication. With the kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture.

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