Facing the unspeakable to give voice to a generation
'She moves with the grace and power of one who can't separate song from movement.' TOM PHILLIPS, DANCEVIEWTIMES
Dorothée Munyaneza was 12 when, after miraculously surviving genocide, left her home in Rwanda and moved to London in the summer of 1994.
UNWANTED focuses on the stories of the women caught up in the genocide specifically those who suffered rape, an act of domination and suppression, still used as a weapon of destruction in war zones today.
A generation of children were born of this rape, traumatised by their history and ostracised by the taboo of their origins. With raw energy and empathy, Munyaneza unfolds these stories delving into the heart of the unspeakable, and giving voice to her generation.
Singer, author and choreographer, Dorothée Munyaneza has been part of the international contemporary scene since the early 2000s. Dorothée composed and performed on the 2004 original soundtrack Hotel Rwanda (Terry George) and sang on Afro Celt Sound System’s album Anatomic. In 2010, she released her first solo album produced by Martin Russell and collaborated on James Brett’s album Earth Songs in 2012. In 2013, she started her company, Kadidi, and created Samedi Détente at the Théâtre de Nîmes.
'An important addition to our understanding of how art may relate what none of us long to know.' NEW YORK TIMES
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Conception and choreography: Dorothée Munyaneza / Music: With Holland Andrews, Alain Mahé, Dorothee Munyaneza / Visual Artist and Set: Bruce Clarke / Technical director: Marion Piry / Light engineer: Marine Levey / Sound Engineer: Camille Frachet / Production: Emmanuel Magis, Anahi
Thanks to Godeliève Mukasarasi and to women and young people of SEVOTA Association (Rwanda)
FranceDance UK, presented by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni,is a unique contemporary dance festival running from August to November 2019, during which 16 leading institutions throughout the UK will host over 50 performances by 14 young and promising French artists. With a focus on creation and innovation, the festival particularly highlights diversity and the work of women choreographers, many of whom are present in the UK for the first time.
FranceDance UK is supported by the Friends of the French Institute Trust, with particular acknowledgement to Aline Foriel-Destezet and Stéphanie and Jacques Gabillon.
ALL IMAGES: UNWANTED, DOROTHÉE MUNYANEZA © CHRISTOPHE RAYNAUD DE LAGEBOOK UNWANTED