(In)Secure is the result of a meeting between two dancers and choreographers: Carmélita Siwa from Benin and Kadidja TIEMANTA
and the Malian Kadidja Tiemanta. In this duet , they question the notion of dependence, specific to human beings: dependence on narcotics, love, sex, technology, money, and medication. But it is the emotional dependence and what generates it that is explored here: obsession, the need to identify with another, lack of self-confidence, the desire to be loved and accepted.
(In)Secure reflects on the conditioning of the human being in our societies and the different states of dependence. Between denial and awareness, the two bodies try to find their way towards empowerment.
Performance on Saturday 27 November 2021, French Institute of Cotonou, streaming.
Carmelita Siwa started dancing as she was very young. At the age of 17, she joined the group Dance or Die (DOD) for two years and collaborated with the groups K-Letas and Bloodmighty. While continuing her studies in management, she participated in competitions and danced in music videos. In the early 2010s, she discovered contemporary dance thanks to the Ivorian dancers of the Jasp company, exiled in Benin. She followed the teaching of Beninese Awoulath Alougbin, Koffi Kôkô, Richard Adossou, and of Frenchman Pierre Doussaint, who regularly gave workshops in Cotonou. As she wanted to become a professionnal dancer, she left in 2015 to the Ecole des Sables, in Senegal, from which she graduated in 2017. She also validated a training in "Art of Teaching" completed at the Termitière, Choreographic Centre of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). In the meantime, she is a performer in Issewo, by Richard Adossou, presented during the festival "Dansons Maintenant!", in Cotonou, in 2012. She also participated in Souvenirs de la rue Princesse, a choreographic project in the public space led by Salia Sanou, which brought together some fifty dancers in a square in Cotonou.
In 2017, Carmelita Siwa created her first solo, Entre être et ne pas être, which was performed at the French Institute in Cotonou, at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques d'Abidjan, and with which she will be selected in 2019 for the "Africa Simply the Best" competition, organised by Serge Aimé Coulibaly, in Bobo Dioulasso. The same year, she joined the group of 32 African dancers who performed Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring (Pina Bausch Foundation, Ecole des Sables, Sadlers' well). The premiere in March 2020 was cancelled due to government restrictions because of the Covid epidemic, but the show will tour worldwide from 2021.
In 2020, Carmelita Siwa, who created and directs the company Arts Ca'Danser, created Gbemiton ("our voice" in Fon), a piece for four performers, including herself, in which she evokes the difficulty of being a dancer in Africa, particularly for women. Winner with Kadidja Tiémanta of the Gninini programme, an artistic research residency at the Don Sen Folo-Lab 2021, she co-choreographed (In)Secure, presented in November 2021 at the French Institute in Cotonou. At the end of 2021, the duo will be part of Salia Sanou's play, Demoiselles d'Afrique, which will tour in France until 2022. Selected to represent Benin at the Games of La Francophonie in August 2023 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), the piece Gbe miton won the bronze medal in the cultural competition, creative dance section.
Sources: Programme of the show, Interviews by Anne Décoret-Ahiha, 7 January and 11 June 2021, in Cotonou.
Born in Yamoussoukro, Kadidja Tiemanta lives and works in Bamako, Mali. After obtaining a degree in English from the Faculty of Languages and Sciences in Bamako, she turned to the arts and dance. In 2017, she obtained a Master's degree in dance from the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia de Bamako (CAMM-BFK), and continued her training at the Ecole des sables where she validated the Diploma in Traditional and Contemporary Dances of Africa. At the Centre de Développement Chorégraphique La Termitière, in Ouagadougou, she participates in the Art of Teaching Project and Engagement Féminin #11. She also joins the Identity - Dance - Root project at the Don Sen Folo centre in Bamako and takes part of the Glomus Camp Brazil 2017.
Performer for Nadia Beugré (Legacy), Taoufiq Izeddiou (Sans Titre), and Nikoko Yao (In The Box), she appears in the revival of Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring for the Africa 2020 Season (Pina Bausch Foundation, Ecole des Sables, Sadler's well) which will tour the world in 2021 - 2022.
In 2021, she created the duet Différent comme toi with Yacouba Coulibaly. In the same year, she presented Crossing, a performance in the public space. In 2021, she created (In)Secure with Carmélita Siwa and during 2021-22, she choregraphed the solo Banbali (100 fin) and .
She is directing the company Anw Ka Donko/Didja-kadi.
Emmanuel Tognidaho is a Beninese photographer, video artist and cultural journalist. In 2007, he created the communication agency Dekart, which has a web platform covering cultural news from Benin and the sub-region.
Choreography : Carmelita Siwa & Kadidja Tiemanta
Stage direction : Salia Sanou
Original music : Zoe Keating-Optimist, Roots of Australia-Bora
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Compagnie Arts/ca danser, Compagnie Anw Ka Donko/Didja-kadi, SUBS' de Lyon, CDC LaTermitière. Avec le soutien de l'Institut Français du Bénin, l'Institut Français du Mali, Le Centre - Lobozounkpa (Bénin)
Duration : 45 mn
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