A BENGUER / creation 2006
Choreography and scenography Serge Aimé Coulibaly
4 dancers, 2 rappers and 1 musician
A benguer means, in slang used in Western Africa, “the other side”, “the elsewhere”, and more generally speaking “Europe”. That is the origin of the title of the play “A benguer” that deals with an issue that is familiar and very important for me : the immigration issue and the fate of young people of Africa. It is a hot issue. Everyday we watch images of illegal immigrants landing on the Canary Islands, in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, as well as people holding no identity papers being repatriated every day to Africa.
In the play A benguer, the issue of immigration takes a human and emotional form. In fact the creation of this show has been inspired by the real life of the performers and of their close friends : these people faced with the harsh reality of the social, political and economic life in Burkina Faso, those confronted with the temptation of exile, and those who have crossed the other side and keep going back home keeping the myth of a dream Europe alive, a place where life is easy and money always within reach… The play has a poetic touch that offers a very physical and meaningful dance with echoes of rap and songs with the beats of traditional instruments in the background, instruments such the kora, the calabach and the mouth arch.
A benguer also symbolises the will to arouse questions on the African and European political responsibilities regarding the exodus of a part of the youngs Africans, particularly throught the very emotional lyrics of the rap band Faso Kombat. The scenery gives a concept of two worlds, Europe and Africa on the same stage, at the same time a bar (“maquis”), a waiting room or a borderline, a barrier to cross.
Sources : www.fasodansetheatre.com
Chorégraphie et scénographie Serge Aimé Coulibaly Assistant à la chorégraphie Souleymane Porgo
Danseurs Tierema Koama Lévy, Sigué Sayouba, Lydia Fromont, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Souleymane Porgo Musiciens Tim Winsé, Salif Ouedraogo Malk hom, David Malgoubri.
Création sonore Benjamin Collier Création Lumière Boris Montaye Création Costume Amado Ouédraogo Collaboration à la dramaturgie Alain Platel
Coproduction Le Grand Bleu ENPDA Lille Nord-pas-de Calais, La Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Afriaclia, Faso danse Théâtre, les ballets C de la B, le centre Culturel français de Ouagadougou, Fondation Beaumarchais, l'AFAA Avec le soutien de Doni doni, du centre de développement chorégraphique de Ouagadougou la thermitière, la compagnie Téguérè
Video direction : Charles Picq
Production : Biennale de la Danse
Updating : february 2012