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Salia Sanou

Ouagadougou - Montpellier / Created in 2019

Three successive duos for a manifesto of alterity by Salia Sanou. With Nancy Huston, Germaine Acogny, and Babx.

Multiple-s © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


“Who are you, Salia Sanou? Who are you, the dancer, the uprooted? Who are you?” With Multiple-s, Salia Sanou looked for his inner voice and faced the questions he'd tried to avoid for too long. The idea therefore is to search for, but also to find, answers, and above all to share. Never alone, he says, but in a dialogue with figures dear to him. In three successive duos, with writer Nancy Huston, dancer and teacher Germaine Acogny, and musician David Babian, aka Babx, the Burkinabé artist has created more than just one-on-ones. An alliance, an alloy between dances and words, between the engagement of the body and its inner rhythms. With its simple yet generous scenography, Multiple-s is a revolving stage that mirrors the cycle of life and avoids didacticism. These dialogues shine through with alterity and show us how to hear the power of personal quests and shared sincerity. An alliance presented for the first time in its entirety...

Born in Burkina Faso, Salia Sanou studied drama and African dance before joining Mathilde Monnier's company. It was the beginning of a long career made of encounters and travels. He created his own company, Mouvements perpétuels, in 2011, and created many shows, including Du désir d'horizons (Of the desire for horizons) in 2016. Since 2006, he has been co-director, with Seydou Boro, of La Termitière, the Centre for choreographic development in Ouagadougou: “If la termitière lives, it's because it adds earth to the Earth.” Titinga Frédéric Pacéré 

A writer who works both in English and in French, Nancy Huston has explored many genres of fiction and is internationally renowned.

French-Senegalese choreographer Germaine Acogny created her own African dance technique and has worked as a choreographer and teacher throughout the world.

David Babin, aka Babx, has recorded several albums. This musician and literature lover regularly performs live and has taken part in many artistic projects.


With Germaine Acogny, Babx, Nancy Huston, Salia Sanou

Conception et choreography Salia Sanou
Music David Babin aka Babx
Stage design Mathieu Lorry-Dupuy
Lights Marie-Christine Soma


Production Compagnie Mouvements perpétuels
Co-production Chaillot - Théâtre national de la danse, Charleroi danse Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Les Francophonies en Limousin, Espace Malraux Scène nationale Chambéry Savoie, Centre national de danse contemporaine d'Angers, Le Kiasma (Castelnau-le-Lez)
With the support of Ambassade de France au Sénégal and for the 73rd edition of the Festival d'Avignon : Spedidam
Residencies CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin), École des
Sables (Toubab Dialaw), Centre de développement chorégraphique
La Termitière (Ouagadougou), Les Quinconces l'Espal Scène nationale
du Mans, Montpellier Danse - Agora cité internationale de la danse
In partnership with France Médias Monde

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