Chantal Loïal, a choreographer-interpreter, the leader of her company Difé Kako and the creator of a number of shows, mixes together people’s diversity and genre’s diversity and carries us to the cultures of a triangle linking the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.
This activist-artist, working on history and History, ceaselessly questioning her approach to her favorite themes, has been focusing on the same goal : deciphering what ‘being Creole’ means in the twenty-first century, and alerting the public to universal values, a concept that she is keen on sharing through various artistic works that are both innovative and unifying.
She will be on tour next March and April with her play ‘You Are Called Venus’ staged through different approaches and perspectives, from the angle of History, Science, French speaking communities, and the Female genre.
« In this solo show, full of voluptuousness and authenticity, Chantal Loiïal, a choreographer from Guadeloupe, draws her inspiration from the history of the Hottentot Venus in order to question the Western World’s perception of the concept of difference »
Dates, places and/or media :
The show will have the honor of opening the month of ‘Francophonie 2016’ at the French Embassy, in association with the Alliance Française, like in 2015 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday March,4 at 7.00 p.m. : Maison Française at the French Embassy (D.C.) – 4101 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC 20007- Information and reservations on line
Around the International Day for Women on March,8 and as part of the special theme ‘Women from Overseas’, the play will be broadcast on TV in the program Multiscénik, prepared and hosted by Greg Germain and Axe Sud Production.
Within the framework of exhibitions at the Memorial ACTe in Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, in the presence of Pascal Blanchard from ACHAC, a historian specializing in the ‘Colonial Fact’, the choreographer’s work will be presented to several types of public, among whom school children.
In the course of an evening session organized by Alain Dedieu for le Café des Sciences in Avignon, in the presence of the famous geneticist André Langaney who will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Becoming Human and Remaining so’, ‘On t’appelle Venus’ will be shown to the public. It will be followed with a debate hosted by the scientist and the choreographer. Marc Verhaverbeke, the author of the texts of the play, will be present too.
Sunday April,2 at 6.00 p.m. : Théâtre des Halles in Avignon (84 | FR)
ON T’APPELLE VÉNUS | Crédits
Interprétation Chantal Loïal, Chorégraphie Chantal Loïal et Philippe Lafeuille, Textes Marc Verhaverbeke, Collaboration artistique Paco Dècina, Costumes Agnès d’At, Nicole Crampon, Création lumière Stéphane Bottard.
Sébastien LELIEVRE – firstname.lastname@example.org – (+33) 7 61 46 43 73