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Du Désir d'horizons

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2018 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Sanou, Salia (Burkina Faso)

Du Désir d'horizons

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2018 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Sanou, Salia (Burkina Faso)

Du Désir d’horizons

With Du Désir d’horizons, Salia Sanou picks up on his  favorite themes. Namely loneliness and otherness, the individual and the  collective but also the question of territory, uprooting, exile and  borders.

He has found an echo of this reflection in the work of Nancy Huston.  Thus we can hear in this show excerpts from the novel « Limbes,
Limbo / A tribute to Samuel Beckett ». A new show drawing from dance  workshops he conducts in Burundi and Burkina Faso refugee camps, with  the support of the African Artists for Development Fund.

According to Salia Sanou, Du Désir d’horizons is not a show  about refugee camps, strictly speaking. It doesn’t have anything to do  with a testimony or a documentary. It’s really more a composition with a  choreographic vocabulary giving way to understanding and reflecting on  the delicate situation facing refugees that echoes in us all.

Horizon is the future, a vanishing line, an open space. Therefore,  Salia Sanou provides us with the performance of dancers. He calls us to  examine the dimension of internal exile that everyone carries in itself,  as an tiny and undying part of strength, struggle and desire.

Source : Sallia Sanou's website

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Sanou, Salia

1992 Introduced to Bobo rituals and traditions, he was trained for african dance with Drissa Sanon, Alasane Congo, Irène Tassembedo and Germaine Acogny, Salia Sanou met Seydou Boro at l’Union Nationale des Ensembles Dramatiques de Ouagadougou.

In 1993, Salia Sanou is 24 years old when he met Mathilde Monnier and reconnected with Seydou Boro at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. The creations «Pour Antigone», «Nuit», «Arrêtez, arrêtons, arrête», «Les lieux de là», «Allitérations» followed. At the same time, Salia sanou choregraph « L’héritage ». 

Building on this success and their joint path within the Mathilde Monnier’s dance company, Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro decided to explore together a contemporary African dance, far from exotic and folkloric stereotypes. In 1995, they founded the company Salia nï Seydou and created their very first show «Le siècle des fous», then «Fignito, l’oeil troué» (1997) and «Taagalà, le voyageur» (2000). Next year, Salia sanou is invited by the company Tumbuka Dance of the Mozambique National Ballet as a guest choreographer for the show «Kupupura». Surrounded by Seydou Boro and Ousséni Sako, he choregraphs «Weeleni, l’appel» (2002), one of the most intimist creation of the company.

2001-2006 Salia Sanou is the artistic director for the Rencontres Chorégraphiques de l’Afrique et de l’Océan indien. With Seydou Boro, they invited the multi-talented French instrumentalist and composer Jean-Pierre Drouet to join them in a first-time collaboration with the instrumental ensemble Ars Nova, and created together «Un Pas de Côté» (2006).

In 2006, Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro founded and directed the Centre de Développement Chorégraphique La Termitière in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

In 2011 Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro leave each other, each in his way, but still managing together the artistic direction of la Termitière, in Ouagadougou. Fifteen years on from their first creation, they established on the international artistic scene a contemporary, singular and profound writing. He created « Au-delà des frontières » (2012), « Doubaley or the mirror » (2013), « Clamor of the arena » (2014) and « Desire for horizons » (2016).

Source : Salia Sanou 's website

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Plasson, Fabien

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, 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

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Du Désir d’horizons

Artistic direction / Conception : Salia Sanou

Choreography : Salia Sanou

Interpretation : Valentine Carette, Ousseni Dabaré, Catherine Denecy, Jérôme Kaboré, Michaël Nana, Elithia Rabenjamina, Marius Sawadogo, Asha Thomas

Set design : Mathieu Lorry Dupuy

Text : extraits de «Limbes/Limbo, un hommage à Samuel Beckett», de Nancy Huston éditions Actes Sud (2000)

Additionnal music : Amine Bouhafa

Lights : Marie-Christine Soma

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Compagnie Mouvements perpétuels

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse

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