Smail Kanouté is a French-Malian dancer, choreographer, film maker, visual artist and designer based in Paris. Echoing the hashtag #Never21 coined by the Black Lives Matter movement, Never Twenty One pays tribute to the young Black men who have been victims of gun violence in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg – and will never reach the age of 21. Three powerful dancers – their torsos inscribed with testimonials from the victims’ families – recount the stories of broken lives, through ferociously intense movement which draws on krump, popping, contemporary dance, baile funk and pasinho. This is an urban requiem steeped in a shamanistic heritage, a subtle lamentation infused with energy, poetry and humanity.
There will be ASL interpretation and a post-show talkback at the January 21 performance.
The Global Dance Connections 2022-2023 series features exciting contemporary dance works by artists from Canada and around the world.
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Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Choreographer: Smail Kanouté
Dancers: Aston Bonaparte, Salomon Mpondo-Dicka & Smail Kanouté
Body painter: Lorella Disez
Assistant choreographer: Moustapha Ziane
Scenographer & light designer: Olivier Brichet
Sound designer: Paul Lajus
Light manager: Josselin Allaire
Costume designers: Rachel Boa & Ornella Maris
Photo by Mark Maborough
Executive Production Compagnie Vivons!
Les Ateliers Médicis – Clichy sous Bois / Espace 1789 – Scène conventionnée danse – Saint Ouen
Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint Denis / CentQuatre – Paris
Théâtre de la Ville – Danse Élargie 2020 – Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Ile de France / Région Ile de France / Institut Français
Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis / Ville de Paris
Adami / Spedidam / Caisse des Dépôts