(c) Raphael Stora

Saïdo Lehlouh

  • Dance
  • Performance

20 urban dancers channel their collective energies in an explosive dance piece by renowned urban choreographer Saïdo Lehlouh. Témoin is part of a work process that Saïdo Lehlouh has been developing for several years. Here, 20 dancers are dedicated to an equipoised game veering between energy, personality, and decision-making, to shape a collective dance that springs into existence in a moment’s vibrancy. Holding the group together is their strong shared theme: Gathering dancers with different styles, who generally learned their dances far removed from any academic educational context, bringing them together in a certain place and at a certain time in order to turn the vibration and energy of their meeting into the centre of a choreography.

Saïdo Lehlouh, who originally came from b-boying, expands the field in Témoin by including numerous influences that transcend hip-hop while informing the careers of the dancers assembled here. Due to the uniqueness of the dancers and their way of playing the game of improvisation, the piece comes up in a dynamism of deep listening and encounter. Saïdo Lehlouh, Bad Trip Crew breaker, is known for his slinky feline style that blends fluidity and finesse with authenticity. Saïdo Lehlouh is a regular guest at tanzhaus nrw. His most recent showing at tanzhaus nrw was his performance The Dancing, a participatory gathering of dancers in Düsseldorf’s urban space. Témoin is a community of breakers creating the experience within the beauty of an instinctive and spontaneous hip-hop dance.

Choreography: Saïdo Lehlouh; Lighting design: Tom Visser; Music: Mackenzy Bergile (composition), Raphaël Henard (music dramaturgy); Performance (alternating): Ndoho Ange, Kaê Brown Carvalho, Hugo Burtel, Hugo de Vathaire, Mehdi Baki, Audric Chauvin, Marina de Remedios, Jerson Diasonama, Dylan Eusebe, Sofian El Boukhari, Chris Fargeot, Johanna Faye, Samuel Florimond,Evan Greenaway, Théodora Guermonprez, Linda Hayford, Aliashka Hilsum, Karim Khouader, Odile Lacides, Oscar Lassus aka Layus, Timothée Lejolivet, Anaïs Mauri, Mounia Nassangar Djasra,Timothy Nguyen, Yonas Perou, Rissc aka Princess Wrestler, Mulunesh aka Wrestler X, Matteo Raoelison, Lumi Sow, Emilie Spencer, Raphaël Stora, Lorenzo Vayssiere, Thias.

A creation by Cie Black Sheep, produced by Collectif FAIR-E / CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne, co-produced by: Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Maison de la Danse de Lyon, Le Cratère – scène nationale d’Alès, Charleroi Danse, center chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, Château Rouge (Annemasse), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf). Residencies at Théâtre de la Ville-Paris – Espace Cardin, Théâtre National de Bretagne – Salle Gabily, CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne. Supported by the Alliance of International Production Houses, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.