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Dorothée Munyaneza

Portland - Marseille / Created in 2017

Not recommended for children under 16

Unwanted © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Dorothée Munyaneza is 12 when, after miraculously surviving genocide, she leaves Rwanda. It is a wound she evoked and transformed once already with Samedi Détente, by giving a voice and a body to a generation annihilated by violence, hers. With Unwanted, the choreographer focuses on the stories of women victims of rape. Rape as a weapon of mass destruction, one still used in war zones today. Rapes that gave birth to children traumatised by their own family history and ostracised because of the taboo of their origins. To write those stories, Dorothée Munyaneza met with those rejected mothers, those wounded women, asking them always the same question: “Have you accepted yourself?” An intimate counterpoint to History, Unwanted delves into the heart of the unspeakable, and the choreographer, with her raw energy, embodies it without pathos or subterfuge, accompanied in this work that aims to break down the boundaries between genres by musical improviser Alain Mahé, musician Holland Andrews, and by the British visual artist Bruce Clarke...


Dorothée Munyaneza
Born in Rwanda, Dorothé Munyaneza left Kigali in 1994 when she was 12 for England, where she studied music at the Jonas Foundation in London and social sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University. In 2004, she composed and performed the original soundtrack for Terry George's Hotel Rwanda, before appearing a year later on the album Anatomic by Afro Celt Sound System. In 2006, without any formal training, she danced for the first time in François Verret's Sans Retour. After performing in several of the French choreographer's creations, Dorothée Munyaneza worked alongside Mark Tompkins, Robyn Orlin, Rachid Ouramdane, and Alain Buffard. In 2013, she founded her own company, Kadidi, and in 2014, she created her first show, Samedi Détente, which evoked the Rwandan genocide by returning to those moments of laughter that punctuated life before the tears of war. A singer and a musician, a dancer and an actress, a writer and a choreographer, Dorothée Munyaneza has established herself in the French cultural landscape as a unique artist who refuses boundaries and speaks out “to force us to listen to the silences and see the scars of History.”


Design and choreography Dorothée Munyaneza
Plastic artist Bruce Clarke
Music Holland Andrews, Alain Mahé, Dorothée Munyaneza
Stage design Vincent Gadras
Lights Christian Dubet
Costumes Stéphanie Coudert
External perspective Faustin Linyekula

With Holland Andrews, Alain Mahé, Dorothée Munyaneza


Production Compagnie Kadidi, Anahi
Festival d'Avignon, Maison de la culture de Bourges Scène nationale, Théâtre de Nîmes Scène conventionnée pour la danse contemporaine, Le Liberté Scène nationale de Toulon, Pôle Arts de la scène Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille), La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon, Escales danse en Val d'Oise, Musée de la danse (Rennes), Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Scène nationale, Pôle Sud Centre de développement chorégraphique de Strasbourg, Festival d'Automne à Paris,  BIT Teatergarasjen-Bergen, Théâtre Forum Meyrin (Genève), Théâtre Garonne Scène européenne (Toulouse), L'échangeur Centre de développement chorégraphique Hauts-de-France, Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Théâtre du Fil de l'eau (Pantin), Le Bois de l'Aune (Aix-en-Provence)
With the support of Drac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Arcadi Île-de-France, Fonds de dotation du Quartz à Brest, Creative Exchange Lab - Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium (états-Unis), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York), Comité international de La Croix-Rouge, Institut français, SACD, Fonds Transfabrik 
With the help of Montevideo Marseille
Co-hosting Festival d'Avignon, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon
In partnership
with France Médias Monde



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