the beating heart of contemporary dance

Promoting both the diversity of contemporary choreographic expressions and supporting innovative works, such is the dual objective of the creation of the Festival. But, it also aims to encourage artistic creation in the field of dance and to promote exchanges between artists and the public. “A pioneer, he explores different relationships with the public in a dynamic of roaming and proximity and infiltrates the entire territory of Seine-Saint-Denis. Unpublished common experiences, various artistic formats, projects with amateurs: artists and the spectators are gathered around dance in all its forms” informs in the preamble, Frédérique Latu, director of the RCI of Seine-Saint-Denis.

17 creations and more than 25 Parisian locations welcome 35 invited teams

The International Choreographic Meetings of Seine-Saint-Denis aspire to highlight new talents and present works that reflect current trends and questions in the art of dance. These Meetings present “Works that take a sensitive and poetic look at our changing world” specifies Frédérique Latu.

Over several weeks, the festival offers a series of performances, workshops, debates and meetings with artists. The shows take place in various cultural venues in the department. This not only makes dance accessible to a wider audience, but also creatively invests in the urban spaces of Seine-Saint-Denis: “the 2024 edition will be plentiful with 35 invited teams! Pioneer, the festival explores different relations with the public in a dynamic of roaming and proximity with more than 25 places invested: theaters, concert halls, gymnasiums, educational establishments (first and second level), media libraries, public spaces…” underlines the director of the RCI.

“Breaking down barriers to meet others, cross points of view and renew thoughts”

Each year, the festival incorporates specific themes or explores new approaches to the production and presentation of dance. This may include the use of new technologies, the combination of different artistic genres, or special attention to contemporary socio-political issues through the medium of dance. This year, Frédérique Latu has chosen a program: “which places at its heart the notion of relationship: to others, to the environment, to the ecosystem in which we operate… Breaking down barriers to meet, meet points of view and renewing thoughts, these are the common threads of the Festival.”

Focus on 10 shows including three supported by the DRAC Île-de-France

Hatched (creation 2023, French premiere), Ensemble, concept, choreography and direction: Mamela Nyamza (South Africa), May 14 and 15, Montreuil Public Theater.


HATCHED TOGETHER – Mamela Nyamza © Mark Wessels

Ten ballet dancers stand on pointe, their bodies are dressed in red headdresses and long stylized white tutus. Alongside them, an opera singer and an instrumentalist-percussionist complete the team. In Hatched Ensemble by Mamela Nyamza, traditional African vocal compositions and dances combine with Western classical steps and music.

Witness – (creation 2024), choreography Saïdo Lehlouh (France), May 21, Espace Michel Simon Noisy-Le-Grand, project labeled Cultural Olympiad by Paris 2024.

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Witness – Saïdo Lehlouh © Le Kabuki

Break, waacking, freestyle, krump, electro or top rock: each performer of Témoin has developed an authentic relationship with dance and the body, based on a vision of the world and our times. On stage, generations and universes meet, ardently testifying to past experiences and the moment lived, where individuals let themselves be carried by the force of the group, or oppose it.

INSEL (creation 2023) – concept, choreography, voice: Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi (Italy/Germany), Théâtre municipal Berthelot – Jean Guerin, May 22, Montreuil.

>INSEL - Panzetti_Ticconi @ Torinodanza © Andrea Macchia 1-site.jpg>

INSEL – Panzetti_Ticconi @ Torinodanza © Andrea Macchia

The island is both a symbol of solitude and a metaphor for our inner reality. With INSEL (island in German) the choreographers Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi are inspired by the figure of the castaway to explore how the individual can close himself in his own world and enter into dialogue with his own shadow. In Western literature, the desert island often symbolizes the place of wandering and travel, a natural and wild space where men – shipwrecked or exiled – embody “detachment from the world”, diving into oneself, too. rewarding than formidable.

“Until we jump together” (creation) – conception and choreography: Mélanie Perrier (France), Théâtre Louis Aragon (Tremblay in France), May 25, with the support of the DRAC Île-de-France as aid for agreements.

>Until now © Mélanie Perrier 1-site.jpg>

Until now © Mélanie Perrier

“In the collective imagination, jumping has this double resonance: rising, taking off from the ground but also landing or even falling but always begins by taking off from the ground. To this multiple desire for impulse so necessary in the current context, I I wanted to renew the relationship between dance and music by working exclusively with a live gong, making the instrument the disruptive element.” Melanie Perrier

Decolonial History(s) # MULUNESH (creation 2023) – design Betty Tchomanga (France), Théâtre des Malassis (Bagnolet), Lycée Charles de Gaulle (Rosny-sous-Bois), Collège Georges Politzer (Bagnolet), May 27.

>Decolonial History(s) #Mulunesh - Betty Tchomanga © Grégoire Perrier 1-site.jpg>

Decolonial History(s) #Mulunesh – Betty Tchomanga © Grégoire Perrier

How do bodies, bearers of memories, connect small and big stories? How can we tell troubled stories, in which there is no morality but an invitation to think through empathy? How can we transform anger and violence into the power to act or say? How do bodies, through dance, manage to tell stories that make History? Each episode addresses colonial history and its legacy through the prism of a singular story, a body, an experience.

After All (creation 2023, French premiere) – design and performance Solène Weinachter (France/Scotland), La Chaufferie – CIE DCA Saint-Denis, May 28 and 29

>AFTER ALL - Solène Weinachter © Genevieve Reeves 5-site.jpg>

© Genevieve Reeves

AFTER ALL is a celebration of our vulnerable and courageous existence. Solène Weinachter combines dance, comedy, storytelling and theater to ask the following question: what happens at the end?

Just Camille (creation 2024) – design Gaëlle Bourges (France), La Chaufferie CIE DCA, May 28 and 29, with the support of the DRAC Île-de-France for agreement assistance.

>Juste Camille © Hervé Dapremont for the International Puppet Institute _ ESNAM 10-site.jpg>

© Geoffrey Montagu

History of Camille is the name given to a painted panel that can be seen on the ground floor of the Museum of Fine Arts in Tours: it is the front part of a wedding chest, was painted around 1460-1470 in Florence, and is one of the few MNR (National Recovery Museums) works that the Tours museum houses. Between historical study and choreographic play, Juste Camille shows the four painted scenes of a 15th century Italian wedding chest

The Loves of the Octopus (creation 2024) – concept and choreography Rebecca Journo (France), La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues – Pantin, May 30, with the support of the DRAC Île-de-France for assistance with agreements

>The loves of the octopus © Laurent_Paillier 2-site.jpg>

Matamatá – Bruno Freire © Bruno Freire

the project is based on the construction and strength of a relationship. Empathy and mimicry are used in the search for a common functioning, where two bodies become inseparable and seek to give birth to this octopus entity. The piece is conceived as a living sculpture evolving in a space where the performers and spectators are on the same plane.

Drumming XXL (creation 2024) – choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (1998) remounted Clinton Stringer (Belgium/South Africa), June 5,6,7,8 and 9, JUNE 9 – La Villette-Paris

>Drumming XXL - Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker + Clinton Stringer © Tine Declerck 13-site.jpg>

© Tine Declerck

Drumming from Paris.

Matamathas (French premiere) – choreography Bruno Freire (Belgium/Brazil), June 12, Les laboratories d’Aubervilliers in Aubervilliers.

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© Bruno Freire

Matamatá is the second part of a diptych – with Life is not useful (or that’s how it is), a creation presented at Rencontres 2023. What if Descartes or Spinoza had visited the Brazilian tropical forest? It is starting from this dream of a philosopher confronted with another environment which bankrupts his thoughts that the Brazilian poet Paulo Leminski composed the text Catatau, from which this new creation by Bruno Freire is inspired.

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