Extension is a nod to Amala Dianor and Bboy Junior’s first encounter on stage, celebrating the twentieth edition of the “Festival Suresnes Cité Danses”. For this new original work, they have created a duo that combines their graceful feline energies, their technical mastery and their physical exploits, transcended by mutual generosity and fraternity. As a dialogue between two renowned artists of the French hip hop scene, Extension shows them grow through this artistic conversation with one another. Their physical talents, the statements they make through their art in order to always push hip hop further, echo each other and assemble. They lean against one another to help each other, outdo themselves, and take flight.
Source: Amala Dianor
More information: amaladianor.com
A hip hop dancer, Amala Dianor trained at the CNDC in 2000. Working as a performer in many diverse productions (from hip hop to neo-classical, contemporary and afro-contemporary dance), he quickly acquired undeniable recognition in the dancing community.
During these years, Amala perfected his writing: he masterfully went from one technique to another, but truly thrived through building bridges through these worlds. With the company C dans C, he choreographed (or co-choreographed) and performed in his first shows.
In 2012 he created “Crossroads” (winner of the Second and Third Awards at the Concours Renaissance), as well as his own company, the Amala Dianor Company, with which he developed his work as a choreographer.
The following year, he created “Parallèle”, a feminine dancing quartet at the Centre National de la Danse. In 2014, he choreographed the Extension duo alongside Bboy Junior, a surprising encounter between two esteemed performers of the French hip hop scene. That same year, he created and performed in his first solo show, Man Rec, which premiered in the Avignon festival.
In 2015, the company launched a regional project called “A Wink of Time” putting in the spotlight 18 amateur dancers on their way to becoming professionals. This project led to the creation of “Overflow”, co-signed with Mickael Le Mer, Pierre Bolo and Annabelle Loiseau. Amala also became the artist in residence at the Théâtre Louis Aragon in Tremblay-en-France, on a two-year contract.
In 2016 he created “Di(s)generation”, bringing together several generations of hip hop dancers, and showcased “New School”, a trio from “Di(s)generation” inspired by Abstract dance.
The 2016-2017 season marks Amala Dianor’s first of three years as an Associate Artist for the CDC Pôle Sud in Strasbourg, as well as for the 104 in Paris, and the Scènes de Pays dans les Mauges (Maine et Loire), France.
Source : The Amala Dianor Company 's website
More information : amaladianor.com
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo while the country was still called Zaire, Junior Bosila contracted polio at the age of two. He arrived in France at the age of 5 and was adopted at the age of 7 by a French couple. He grew up in Saint-Malo and discovered hip-hop dance at the age of 16 through Ruddy and Jeff dancers from the crew S.B.C.
In 2000, he joined the collective Wanted Posse and won in 2001 the Battle of the Year, international break dance competition (world championships). It follows a multitude of representations across the globe with the Wanted Posse2. With the company, he plays and participates in the creation of several shows such as Bad Moves (2002), Trance (2006) and Konexion (2010). At the same time, he participates in various television programs.
In 2008, after returning from a trip to Congo, his homeland, he embarked on the creation of his first solo show BUANATTITUDE.
In 2013, he joined the German company Flying Steps with which he took part in the show Red Bull Flying Illusion produced by the company Red Bull, touring Europe until 2017.
In 2014 he produced with his own dance company called Pas Pas Mal, the duo Extension in co-production with the company of Amala Dianor, contemporary hip-hop dancer.
In 2015 he joined Trio, a show in which he is accompanied once again, by Amala Dianor and Sly Johnson, beat-boxer (member of the Saïan Supa Crew) directed by Mathilda May.
He has already traveled to over 70 countries, whether as a dancer, teacher, or jury in competitions.
Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).
During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.
From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.
Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of Numeridanse.tv, an online international video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.
Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website
More information: fabione.fr
Choreography : Junior Bosila (Bboy Junior), Amala Dianor
Interpretation : Junior Bosila (Bboy Junior), Amala Dianor
Lights : Samson Milcent
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production Théâtre de Suresnes – Jean Vilar, soutien du CNDC d’Angers
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon - Fabien Plasson, 2021