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Les Actes du désert (Acts from the desert)

Premiere at Mains d’Œuvres (Paris / Saint Ouen), November 9 and 10th 2017

Compagnie Vivons in partnership with La Transplansiphère, La métonymie and sas (science-art-society)

TEASER "LES ACTES DU DESERT" from RACINE(S) on Vimeo.

— I receive audio tapes in the mailbox. The voices of the different people I met in Mali during my two trips in 1999 and 2011. The testimony of an old man-memory who unrolls each name on the tree of my family. I think back to this text by Jean-Pierre Hamon who already invited me to travel in the desert. The periphery of Timbuktu. I see myself alone, sand at a loss, at sunset, where I decide to make this journey of initiation to find my origins. As a ritual that imposes itself on me, I have in a circle the elements that will reveal each step. A Malian saying says that dust holds the memory of ancestors. The sand runs between my fingers and connects me to them. I dance lost beings.
It is there that I decide to leave in the desert to reconcile myself. In the Dogon country, it is said that every living or deceased person has a star in the sky. If the voice of the old man revealed to me my tree, on the ground, in my turn, I draw this family constellation. Throughout the journey, I cross different states that will shape me and where I feel to intermingle so many stories. I pay tribute to my father, to those migrants who decide to leave their country to find a better future. The writer and philosopher Amadou Hampâté Bâ said: « When an old man dies, it is a library that burns. » I dream of going to Timbuktu, the city of all knowledge, where I think I find the secrets of my intimate country.
Smail Kanouté

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cast

Choreographer and performer
Smaïl Kanoute

Director
Bruno Freyssinet

Musician
Batiste Darsoulant

Set Designer
Ikse Master

Light creator
Alexandre Fandard

stylists
XULY.Bet and JAYONE Ramier

Video
Abdou Diouri

Accompaniment in Executive Production
Alternative Inner Motion / A.I.M

Writer
Jean Pierre Hamon

slammer
Afroriginal ™

Duration: 1h

Posted in Non classé, Ongoing projects.