In the form of homage to the Senegalese choreographer and anthropologist Féral Benga, of which dreamed was, in the Thirties, to create a made up company African dancers, Tam Tam endeavours to recreate the universe of the artist without telling his story. And one feels and one tests heat. The undulation of the bodies lets the spectator taste with the influences of the African traditional dances. Four dancers draw space curves like infinite caresses, sensual movements of hips and wrists. James Carlès, despised territories and borders, it nourishes his work of the meeting of the languages of the body, Tam Tam is also an original musical production starting from works of Erik Satie.
Choreography by James Carlès - 30/45min
Interpreters:Tiphaine Jahier, Angeline Gardiennet,
Aurore Delahaye, Mirabelle Maquet and Stéphanie Songeons
Musicians: Tobiglay Voli, Clément Assemian, Dieudonné Kanza and Bastien Andrieu
Lights: Arnaud Schlutz
James Carles is a choreographer, researcher and lecturer. He received initial training in dance and music of Africa and its Diaspora and then trained with the great names of modern dance in New York and London mainly. Since 1992, he hired an artistic and analytical approach that explores the “places junctions” between the dances, rhythms and philosophies of Africa and its Diaspora with technical and western thoughts frames. To date, his company’s directory contains more than fifty pieces of his own creation and authors like Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Talley Beatty, Asadata Dafora, Geraldine Armstrong, Rick Odums, Wayne Barbaste, Carolyn Carlson, Robyn Orlin, etc.
Dancer soloist and outstanding performer, James Carles was performer and artistic collaborator for not only numerous “all music” ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, through jazz; but also choreographers such as Carolyn Carlson, Robyn Orlin, Rui Horta, Myriam Naisy, etc.
Artist associated with Astrada- Jazz In Marciac 2012-2014, research associate in the laboratory of the University LLA Créatis Jean Jaures Toulouse, James Carles is particularly invests in heritage projects for diversity and diffusion of choreographic culture. He is also founder and artistic director of the festival “Dances and Black Continents”.
François Benga, called Féral: Born in Dakar in 1906, his childhood is divided between his wealthy paternal family, in contact with the colonial administration, and his maternal family, known for their activities as traditional healers. These origins are important because they are associated with particular cultural forms that will later feed his creations. As a young adult he tries his luck in Paris. He learns that the music hall is seeking Black extras and lands his first contract at the Folies-Bergère. Along his career he encounters numerous celebrities, such as Jean Cocteau, with whom he works on the famed Blood of a Poet in 1930. His projects however suffer from a lack of funds and he has trouble getting the public to appreciate his creations. He marries a paternal cousin who gives him a son in 1955, but dies shortly after, in 1957 in Chateauroux.
Since 2016, James Carlès has made the choice to make available to the public a selection of its videos.
Tiphaine Jahier, Angeline Gardiennet,
Aurore Delahaye, Mirabelle Maquet et Stéphanie Songeons
Musiciens : Tobiglay Voli, Clément Assemian, Dieudonné N'Kanza et Bastien Andrieu