16 African modern dance to attribute at Lyon’s dance biennale

France’s competition of dance regarded as the La Biennale de la Danse is back again

France’s competition of dance regarded as the La Biennale de la Danse is back again this yr.

The dance begins this week in Lyon France showcasing extra than 40 dance companies from across the environment.

At the heart of this year’s Biennale is Africa and youthful individuals, with performers from 16 African international locations, including Nigerian choreographer Qudus Onikeku and his dancers.

He has adapted an excerpt of their show to contain 16 younger novice dancers from about Lyon for the conventional opening parade (le defilé) – this yr held on phase in Fourviere, rather than on the streets.

Entitled Re:INCARNATION it pays homage to Nigerian music, the power of Lagos and the notion of reinvention and human body memory.

“I was also fascinated in the way the dancers of the younger era re-embody information and exploration of the past in a a lot more modern way even if they do not have immediate instruction or transmission of that but there is a way the system regenerates alone and remembers,” Qudus explained.

The final decision to go ahead with the competition went down to the wire, but the nerve-racking months have paid off for performers and organisers.

1 of the opening demonstrates is Urgence – Crisis – performed by five young gentlemen who uncovered dance by way of their community social centre – a general performance of dance and speech that crackles with rage and enthusiasm.

A single of the opening exhibits is Urgence – Crisis – executed by five younger guys who discovered dance by way of their neighborhood social centre – a general performance of dance and speech that crackles with rage and enthusiasm. They work with Compagnie HKC, director Antoine Colnot clarifies why it is called Urgence:

“The crisis is the crisis of getting alive, it is this emergency that puts us on a journey, that puts us on our feet. We met so young individuals who experienced previously presented up and then we achieved these 5 who desired to locate their voice, required to tear themselves absent, to break free of charge of their shackles.

The ‘Grande Personnes’ team performs with large puppets that are just about 4 metres superior and weigh up to 30 kilos. The dancers had to rethink how to shift to provide out the puppets’ grace and personalities. Choreographer Bouba Landrille Tchouda states the essential is being familiar with how the puppets go:

The Euronews journalist Andrea Bolitho who attended the opening describes it as an occasion that will remember the missing time offered the prevailing pandemic.

“The French referred to as it an ‘année blanche’ – a lost 12 months for tradition, nicely below at the Biennale de la Danse they are generating up for misplaced time, society is back again – on a grand scale. Andrea Bolitho in Lyon, for Euronews.”