Konpani Soul City | KANYAR
A choreography by Didier Boutiana
Suitable to all audiences
[KANYAR: outsider, dropout, thug]
The word “kanyar” in the creole language of French Island La Réunion (Indian Ocean) is communly used to point out delinquent person or outsiders. But this term also designs, in a broader sense, someone who is beyond the margins of the society – by birth, by condition, by choice. Thus, we find kanyars in all social classes. They might be our fellow citizens; now, we see more and more how stranded refugees are considered, for the sake of populism, as a non-legal, thus criminal element, as kanyars.
In his research, Didier Boutiana questions psychological and social conditioning of the individual, and the consequence of its rejection. The phenomenon of the resulting exclusion is ‘two-sided’: the group excludes an individual, or the individual excludes itself from the majority. In order to get a grasp of these complexities, Boutiana’s approach is based on psychology and the body. In terms of gesture and movement, he calls upon his own stories – with their uniqueness, richness and complexity – as well as experiences of people he met along the way. He deepens the complexity of this theme in order to find its own universe, sound, gestures.
Developed on Reunion Island, this work will have a special challenge through a post-opening residency in Umeå, with the aim to get a broader grasp of the subject through meeting different people with different cultural and societal contexts.
Someone crosses space. He questions conventions, also those of theatre. He breaks the rules to free himself.
We are all beings of transition. We are conditioned by the collective history, our family, and the norms of our society. Some dare to look beyond all this. They break out for the unknown to discover unknown horizons, they push walls and borders.
But at what price?
Didier Boutiana: binding socio-cultural commitment and artistic creation
Company Soul City has always been committed to its art, and actively participates – directly or indirectly – in encouraging social integration in youth and adults through education and know-how.
For the past two years, Soul City has been partaking in delinquency prevention by developing success oriented teaching methods with an emphasis on self-esteem.
Above and beyond the different actions taking place on the island, Soul City has been actively involved in social integration with minors who are placed under judicial protection, as well as with incarcerated individuals in the City of Le Port (Reunion Island).
The main objective is education with the hope of rekindling desire and interest in these people who are more than often cut off from society.
These encounters inspired Didier Boutiana to create a new performance entitled KANYAR, which he hopes to develop between 2016 -2017.
The programs carried out by the choreographer in these legal establishments allowed him to see this social phenomenon through a different angle. Because delinquency is something he knows personally, this milieu touches him and directly influences his personal choices. His involvement with this universe has largely conditioned his evolution in society.
The programs carried out by the choreographer in these legal establishments allowed him to see this social phenomenon through a different angle.
Because delinquency is something he knows personally, this milieu touches him and directly influences his personal choices. His involvement with this universe has largely conditioned his evolution in society.
The experience of collaborating with youth judicial programs over the past two years has inspired Didier Boutiana to create a solo piece. Delinquency can be perceived through group movement, but it is above all a personal and completely individual incarnation.
The choreographer shows particular interest in the individual: he who is faced with himself in moments of deep thought, satisfaction, doubt, certainty as well as memory. Nourished by his unique experiences, the piece is personal and explores his intimacy.
outreach | teaching | mediation
Dance classes & awareness
The company leads dance classes for a broad range of participants: discovery of hiphop dance styles and introduction to the specific choreographic expression of the presented performance. A body-focussed approach and an artistic research in order to comprehend the stage work.
The company offers a post-performance session of questions & answers. This participatory encounter offers a deeper vision and an exchange about choreography, dramaturgy and the creation process, but also about the audience’s reception of this work.
Social and community activites
Everyone has the right for an access to culture.
Director Didier Boutiana develops an important outreach work for young persons under judicial supervision, in order to develop a critical spirit, values and one’s free will. These workshops have an important education value, aiming to arise a genuine interest for those who experience a split with society.
Based on the eduction potential of this choreography, the company develops a training with values such as success, self-valorization and self-appreciation. An artistic discovery leading to more open-mindedness on oneself and the others.