Didier Boutiana | Konpani Soul City

Biographical memo

Didier Boutiana is director of Company Soul City since 2011.

2009 and again 2010, Didier is awarded with the title of Reunion’s best bboy. Since 2008, he has joined Réunion’s main hiphop and contemporary dance companies as a performer.

2011, he becomes Soul City’s choreographer and develops the performance Body of knowledge in partnership with the South African Dusi Dance Company.

His company work Reflex, created 2013, has been acclaimed by both, the audience and dance professionals.

In the year 2015, Didier Boutiana was invited to participate at the choreographic research program for the Indian Ocean, ECUMe, an initiative of TEAT Champ Fleuri, in partnership with CND Pantin, coordinated by Yuval Pick. In this frame, at CND, he participated at a training- and research residency with the dancers Bertwin D’Souza (India) and Anjara Rasamiarison (Madagaskar), and at the program “Camping” (with Bertwin D’Souza/India and Nadjani Bulin/La Réunion).

2015, Didier created the trio work Priyèr’ Sï Priyèr’. In November 2017, he presented his first solo: KANYAR.

Two repertory works, female trio Héva and Tir Pa Kart’ for three male dancers, are results of Soul City’s training of young dancers.

Didier Boutiana’s choreographic identity is based on the deconstruction of esthetics, his capacity to take risks and to go beyond his limits, while maintaining an aim to unify. His dance is situated in a space of friendship, encounters, exchange and alterity. Boutiana’s choreographic research gives life to an instinctive and intuitive movement which, once mastered by dancers, can once again focus on unity, on a “Re-union”.

Photos © Pierre Reydon