SPIELART Theatre Festival
Nadia Beugré L’HOMME RARE – Dance Performance
| Carl-Orff-Saal/Carl Orff Hall
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Nadia Beugré L’HOMME RARE (Abidjan I Montpellier)
The discomfort many men feel when they are faced with dances which are generally classified as more »feminine« because of the pelvis movements they involve amuses choreographer Nadia Beugré. Do men consider engaging with their pelvis and hips as a threat to their (construed) masculinity? In L’HOMME RARE (English: the unusual man), Nadia Beugré gathers five dancers and performers who see themselves as belonging, permanently or temporarily, to the male gender. The dancers’ faces remaining hidden, with their backs to us, they succumb to different choreographic flows. But the choreography’s focus always lies on the flexibility of their pelvises. L’HOMME RARE questions the attention paid to bodies by placing the spectator in the position of a voyeur. Relatively naked and sometimes wearing high-heeled shoes, the five dancers experiment with the inversion of male and female attributes. By dealing with voyeurism, Nadia Beugré also reflects on the history of the European view of black bodies and examines how bodies judge other bodies.
Born in 1981 in the Ivory Coast, Nadia Beugré gave her first performance in 1995 as a member of Dante Theatre, where she was trained in traditional dance. Two years later, she became a founding member of Béatrice Kombé’s ground-breaking all-female dance ensemble TchéTché, with which she toured Africa, Europe and North America for years to critical acclaim. After Kombé’s untimely death in 2007, Beugré immersed herself in contemporary dance, taking choreography lessons with Germaine Acogny in Senegal. She continued her education in 2009, taking part in Ex.e.r.ce., Mathilde Monnier’s programme for talented aspiring choreographers at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. Soon after, she staged her own productions: UN ESPACE VIDE: MOI (2009) and QUARTIERS LIBRES (2012), LEGACY (2015), TAPIS ROUGE (2017), ROUKASSKASS CLUB (2018) and the musical play ATEM (2020) for Staatstheater Darmstadt. As a dancer, Beugré appeared in works by Seydou Boro (Burkina Faso), Alain Buffard (France), Dorothée Munyaneza (France/Rwanda) and Bernardo Montet (France) and took part in 10,000 GESTES by Boris Charmatz. Since 2017, Nadia Beugré has been part of the five-year artist-in-residence programme at De Vooruit in Ghent and is currently associate artist at La Briqueterie near Paris.
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