Prophétique (On est déjà né·es)
Trans bodies that stage their own lives, invent their own places, and build their own worlds.
Nadia Beugré navigates between Montpellier and Abidjan (Ivory Coast) where she grew up. In her most recent piece, she works with performers from the trans community of Abidjan. Designated boys at birth, they move between genders, in an extremely patriarchal society that prefers to look the other way.
Hairdressers by day and dance floor divas by night, they transgress individual, family, social and historical binaries regarding what is beautiful or ugly, male or female, legal or illegal.
Everything here is to be seen and heard – proof that they have been born and are claiming their freedom. Through the networks of solidarity that they weave and braid, they invent their own dances and the means of their survival.
On November 24, the performance will be followed by a talk with Nadia Beugré and David J. Amado, moderated by Raquel Lima (in Portuguese).
Original title Prophétique (On est déjà né·es) Artistic direction Nadia Beugré Light Anthony Merlaud Scenography Jean-Christophe Lanquetin Artistic assistant Christian Romain Kossa External eye Nadim Bahsoun, Adonis Nebié Performance Beyoncé, Canel, Jhaya Caupenne, Taylor Dear, Acauã Shereya El Bandide, Kevin Kero Production Libr’Arts / Virginie Dupray Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Théâtre Le Rideau Brussels, Montpellier Danse, Points Communs Cergy Pontoise, Holland Festival Amsterdam, CULTURESCAPES 2023 Sahara, ICI—Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée / direction Christian Rizzo, Fonds Transfabrik – Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, La Place de la danse CDCN Toulouse Occitanie, théâtre Garonne scène européenne - Toulouse, Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Spielart Theater festival Munich, Théâtre de Freiburg, Africa Moment Residency Agora de la danse Montpellier danse, La place de la danse CDCN Toulouse Occitanie, Théâtre Le Rideau Brussels With support from the DRAC Occitanie – French Ministry for Culture and Communication Thanks to Ivoire Marionnettes Abidjan and Institut français de Côte d’Ivoire
This performance is presented with the support from Institut Français and the MaisFRANÇA project, a season conceived by the Institut Français du Portugal with the support of patrons Claude & Sofia Marion Foundation, JC Decaux, BNP Paribas, Mexto and Credibom.
Nadia Beugré (1981, Abidjan) began her career in a traditional dance company in the Ivory Coast. In 1997, she was one of the founders of the award-winning, all-woman Tché Tché dance company, along with Béatrice Kombé. She studies choreography at Germaine Acogny’s Ecole des Sables in Senegal and at the National Choreography Centre in Montpellier, under Mathilde Monnier. During this time she creates two solos, Un espace Vide: Moi (2008) e Quartiers Libres (2009). Her later group pieces, Legacy (2015), Tapis Rouge (2017) and Roukasskass Club (2018), tour widely and...