How can we make our every day struggles seen? Choreographer from Burkina Faso Salia Sanou organized a boxing ring in Limoges on Place de la République and two feminine boxers danced round preventing for the values that unite us. This collaborative present opened on Wednesday 21 September with the Zébrures d’automne on the Francophonie Pageant in Limoges, in central France, and this inventive eulogy “À nos Fight” was enthusiastically acquired by the general public. Service.
RFI : To our fights what fights do you pay tribute to ?
Salia Sanu : This can be a assembly of dance and boxing, tradition and sport. Martial arts have at all times fascinated me. I discover materials there to discover and blend to suit 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 in regards to the appeasement of boxing, in regards to the reconciliation of dance with boxing? ?
This assertion is made by two younger ladies, and for me it’s symbolic. What impressed me to create In our battles it was the battle of the century between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa. However I did not need males to guide the battle once more. Once we discuss boxing, we instantly discuss male energy. I needed to deconstruct this by entrusting the principle roles to 2 women: Marlene Givier, the previous vice-champion of France, and Fatou Traore, knowledgeable dancer. So the theme of the present, the fights in our lives, are carried by younger ladies. This can be a actual image.
I additionally needed sport and tradition to fulfill. These are two disciplines that have an effect on the physique, respect for others, competitors, youth, every thing. And right here I additionally needed to erase the boundaries, in order that my dance intersects with boxing, and boxing merges with my dance. Dance, tradition, boxing, these are the values of conferences, humanism, it means communication with one other head to head and dialogue with one other.
In boxing, most individuals take into consideration violence and power. What place do they occupy in your boxing ring, become a spectacle within the metropolis sq.? ?
My ring will inform about all types of violence. And he exalts the noble aspect of this artwork. I place it in the midst of two inventive disciplines: boxing and dance. That is the assembly level. My dance meets boxing and I create a 3rd area, an area of dialogue, tolerance, respect for others. This can be a area the place one is with the opposite. Apart from, the entire level of presenting this present in a public place, like right here within the Place de la République in Limoges. To share this spectacle with the viewers and about sixty amateurs invited to signify the viewers of this battle. I invite them to be spectators and actors within the present.
Why are you so desirous to be in osmosis together with your dancers and viewers? ?
For me, dance can’t exist in the event that they take a look at the face. Whether or not it is the aesthetics or the feelings that my dance goes to convey, it has to go to the opposite, it has to have an echo within the different. Contact was created there, osmosis existed. My dance rubs towards the opposite, echoes with the opposite, goes to the opposite and returns. For me, the view of the spectators or spectators-actors is decisive. I make my dance for the general public to share, to fulfill others. This different is us. A tradition that goes in direction of the opposite can solely be enriched.
Francophonie is commonly related to the language. As a dancer and choreographer, do you assume there are additionally French-speaking gestures and actions? ?
Francophonie is a tradition, a manner to take a look at the world, to stay on this planet. I come from a French talking nation, Burkina Faso. I realized French at school, in life. An important query is at all times: how are we with the opposite? My dance additionally bears this range. My dance begins within the village the place I used to be born, Legema, close to Bobo-Dioulasso, then my dance arrives in Ouagadougou, Montpellier, Paris, then crosses the Atlantic, arrives in Los Angeles, goes to Japan… This dance meets one other, adjustments , is enriched. This gesture isn’t mounted, it’s at all times in perpetual movement. That is my definition of a francophone gesture. It’s one thing that takes root and has wings, takes off and engages in dialogue with the remainder of the world.
your present To our fights marked “ Paris 2024 – Cultural Olympiads “. Is there an Olympic spirit in your creation? ?
Sure, there’s a sport, boxing that slides throughout the dance. Dancing can also be a approach to develop into a high-level athlete. These are hours of coaching, rehearsals… I’m very proud that this present is known as “Cultural Olympiad”. My message is a name for dialogue, for intercultural interplay in our worlds and variations, in our sports activities and cultural occasions. I need the present to go all over to create that connection and that dialogue and share that power.
► In our battles choreography by Salia Sanou, 21 and 22 September, at 18:30, at Place de la République in Limoges, with Marlene Givier, Fato Traore, Marius Savadogo, Soro Solo and 60 amateurs. Music: Sega Sec.
► Les Francophonies – from writing to the stage, Les Zébrures d’Automne, pageant of theatrical creativity, in Limoges, from 21 September to 1 October 2022.