“A nos combats”, by Salia Sanou, dance and boxing open the Pageant des Francophonie

How can we present our every day struggles? The Burkinabè choreographer Salia Sanou has a boxing ring arrange in Limoges on the Place de la République and two feminine boxers lead a dance across the struggle for the values ​​that unite us. This participatory present opened on Wednesday, September 21 the Zébrures d’automne on the Pageant des Francophonie in Limoges, in central France, with an enthusiastic viewers in regards to the creative eulogy “À nos combats”. Upkeep.

RFI : To our battles, what sort of struggle is revered ?

Come on Sanou : It’s an encounter between dance and boxing, between tradition and sport. Fight sports activities have at all times fascinated me. I discovered materials to discover and blend to fulfill it in my choreographic universe.

For the present, you retain the boxing ring setting, the garments and the strikes, however you modify the that means of all of it. Is it a query of pacifying boxing, of reconciling dance with boxing ?

This assertion was made by two younger ladies, and for me, it’s emblematic. What impressed me to create In our battles it was the battle of the century between Mohamed Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa. However, males do not wish to lead the struggle anymore. While you discuss boxing, you discuss in regards to the man surprise. I needed to deconstruct it by giving the primary roles to 2 younger ladies, Marlène Guivier, former vice-champion of France, and Fatou Traoré, skilled dancer. In order that the topic of the present, the fights in our lives, is carried by younger ladies. It’s fairly a logo.

I additionally wish to know sport and tradition. These are two disciplines that have an effect on the physique, mutual respect, competitors, youth, all the things. Right here too, I wish to erase the boundaries, for my dance to fulfill boxing and for boxing to combine with my dance. Dance, tradition, boxing, these are values ​​of encounters, of humanism, it means having others head to head and speaking to 1.

In boxing, most individuals consider violence and pressure. What place they occupy in your boxing ring has turn out to be a spectacle in a public sq. within the metropolis ?

My ring will inform of all types of violence. And he magnifies the noble aspect of this artwork. I place it between two creative disciplines: boxing and dance. It is a assembly place. My dance meets boxing and I create a 3rd area, the area of dialogue, tolerance, respect for others. It’s a area the place one is with the opposite. That is additionally the entire level of staging this present in a public area, like right here on the Place de la République in Limoges. To share this spectacle with the spectators and the roughly sixty amateurs invited to symbolize this struggle to the general public. I invite them to be spectators and actors within the present.

“A nos combats”, a choreography by Burkinabè Salia Sanou at Zébrures d’automne on the Pageant des Francophonie 2022 in Limoges. © Siegfried Forster / RFI

Why you search to be so in osmosis together with your dancers and your viewers ?

For me, dance can not reside if there are stares within the face. Whether or not it’s the aesthetics or the feelings that my dance will deliver, it’s to go in direction of one, it has an echo to the opposite. There, contact was created, osmosis existed. My dance goes with one, echoes with the opposite, goes to the opposite and returns. For me, the gaze of the viewers or the audience-actor is decisive. I do my dance for the general public, in order that it may be shared, that it goes to fulfill others. This different is us. A tradition that goes to others can solely be enriched.

Francophonie is usually related to language. As a dancer and choreographer, do you think about that there are additionally gestures and actions that talk French ?

Francophonie is a tradition, a method of seeing the world, of residing on this planet. I’m from a French talking nation, Burkina Faso. I realized French in school, in life. A very powerful query is at all times: how are we doing to others? My dance additionally carries this range. My dance begins from the village the place I used to be born, Léguéma, close to Bobo-Dioulasso, then my dance got here to Ouagadougou, Montpellier, Paris, then crossed the Atlantic, got here to Los Angeles, went to Japan.. .This dance meets one other, transforms, enriches. This motion will not be fastened, it’s at all times in perpetual movement. That is my definition of Francophone gesture. It’s the identical factor that has roots and wings, flies and communicates with the remainder of the world.

Your present In our battles is labeled “ Paris 2024 – Cultural Olympiads “. Is there an Olympic spirit in your creation ?

Sure, there’s a sport, boxing that slips into dance. Dancing can be a method of being a high-level athlete. It was hours of coaching, rehearsals… I’m very proud that this present is labeled “Cultural Olympiad”. My message is a name for dialogue, for interculturality in our world and our variations, in our sporting and cultural practices. I would like the present to go in all places to create this connection and this dialogue, and share this power.

In our battles choreography by Salia Sanou, on September 21 and 22, at 6:30 pm, on the Place de la République, in Limoges, with Marlène Guivier, Fatou Traoré, Marius Sawadogo, Soro Solo and 60 inexperienced persons. Music: Sega Seck.

Les Francophonie – from writing to the stage, Les Zébrures d’Automne, competition of theatrical creations, in Limoges, from September 21 to October 1, 2022.

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