KAARO is a creation bringing together 2 men and 1 woman, elaborated on the island of Mayotte and in Hexagon for 2 years. It is a work of contemporary writing whose sources of inspiration are as much ancestral dances and music as the study of daily gesture, a work to nourish of differences, travel in the culture of the other and enrich it. KAARO is the desire to report in a poetic way observations on the ground, the encounter between what one imagines to find in Mayotte and what one really finds there, the fantasy of an elsewhere and the reality of the place.
KAARO is a step towards the other, where everyone is the keystone, it is the finger pointed to the real and necessary interdependence between two cultures so that they flourish, to understand where we come from and to know where we are going, step by step
Jeff Ridjali is a choreographer, born in Tsingoni, Mayotte (part of the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean). In 1989, he went to Paris to continue his apprenticeship in dance and was struck by the emergence of styles from the United States, brought to France by artists from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and the Caribbean. He was awarded a study grant for the Higher National School of Dance in Marseille. There he discovered the German techniques of Karine Weiner, but also those of Roland Petit and Vaganova.
He met Isabelle Camatte with whom he founded the Kashdance school in Marseille. He then created the Urban Concept company, made up of pupils from his school. In 2001, he left to carry on teaching at the Alvin Ailey School where he started to tackle the techniques of Horton, Graham and Simonson.
This experience marked the beginning of his search for his own choreographic technique around the question of identity, something which was very much present in American artistic reflection and based on this he began to consider his own style.
He returned to his island in 2005, and founded the “Ballet de Mayotte” in collaboration with Isabelle Camatte. The aim of the Ballet de Mayotte was to create a scheme for promoting dance on the Mahorais territory: he introduced ways of encouraging public awareness and training.
A programme of events grew up around this scheme: Les Journées de la Danse (Days of Dance) and Les rencontres régionales de la Danse contemporaine: Maoré Danse (Regional encounters with contemporary dance: Maore dance), a two-yearly event bringing international artists together.
In 2007, Jeff Ridjali’s company became the island’s first official company.
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After studying at the Conservatoires de Reims and Troyes, Maud professionalized in Paris at the Rick Odums Institute
(IFPRO) and passes his State Diploma in Contemporary Dance Pedagogy at the École des Dupuy (RIDC). Here she meets choreographic personalities who today inﬂuent on her work and offer her, through creations and covers, the opportunity to launch on the stage; Luc Petton, Marilén Iglesias-Breuker, Mié Coquempot, Anne Dreyfus, Bernardo Coloma, Cie Montalvo-Hervieu, Dominique Brun...
Passionate about the mix of art forms and artistic encounters, she began her personal creations. She founded her own company, En Lacets, in 2013 and won with Damien Guillemin, during the 2014 Synodals, the 3rd prize of the Concours Chorégraphique Contemporain Jeunes Compagnies with A B(R)AS LE MOT. In collaboration with the choreographer Jeff Ridjali of Mayotte Island, she creates KAARO, a mixed creation for 3 performers, an encounter between Mayotte’s music and dance traditions and contemporary dance. This creation is invited to the Théâtre des Outres Mers in Avignon in July 2016 and is organized for a tour in French Guiana, Africa and Outres Mers.
Lalanbik was founded in 2014, in Reunion Island. It contributes to the valorization of actors and choreographics writings of Indian Ocean territories. Lalanbik implement online ressources tools : the first is its website, concerning the Indian Ocean Dance news, and the other one is its online video library, which brings contents about contemporary and traditional dance writings. Lalanbik works in partnership to lead its actions in favor of the widening of publics with : libraries, theatres, dance schools, schools and higher education.
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Maud Marquet, Jeff Ridjali, Damien Guillemin
Regards exterieurs : Marilén Iglesias-Breuker & Vendetta Mathea - Soutiens : le Ministère de l’Outre-Mer et le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, la DRAC Alsace Champagne Ardenne Lorraine, la DAC Mayotte, la Région Grand Est, le Conseil départemental de la Marne et la Ville de Reims.
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Le Laboratoire Chorégraphique de Reims
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