WKcollective | Fragmented Shadows

A choreography by Wanjiru Kamuyu

Trio, dance 

Creation November 2023

Running time 52 min.

Suitable to all audiences

“Our bodies are like a tapestry, a quilt woven together by stories and memories, which are constantly being shredded over and over again by a million scissors.

In collaboration with 2 dancers we shall question the body’s capacity to free itself from the entanglement of certain stories, certain memories.

How can we use the body as a site of liberation?”

Wanjiru Kamuyu

The body as a museum, a library, a mausoleum, a guardian of memories imprinted in hidden crevices safeguards our collective and individual memories – ancestral, familial, personal, societal, cellular and genetic. Our cells, muscles, tissue, fascia, organs, blood all hold spaces of refuge for our memories, our stories contributing to our well and (un)well being. These memories unknown or known, conscious, or unconscious dispense and manifest beneficial and non-beneficial energies into our bodies.

In collaboration with two other dancers, Wanjiru Kamuyu explores through dance and imagery, the idea of the body as a site of liberation.

Consciously and unconsciously, I use my dance as a practice of healing justice and liberation within which I celebrate, release and self heal. With this dance work, we shall deepen our collective and individual practices of healing and liberation through our physical expression and exploration. We shall create visceral, sensorial and emotional landscapes within which we shall dance and the audience experiences.
The scenography will play an integral role in the work. It will contribute to the visual landscapes in which the body will be in relationship to and exist within. The landscapes will be abstractions that lend to a stimulating, evocative, mysterious and beautiful visual journey for the audience.

Wanjiru Kamuyu

Upcoming tour dates

Choreography | Wanjiru Kamuyu

Performers | Sherwood Chen, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Elodie Paul

Artistic associate | David Gaulein-Stef

Producer | Dirk Korell

Original music | LACRYMOBOY

Lighting design | Cyril Mulon

Costumes/set design | Birgit Neppl

Executive production | camin aktion

Co-production | Le Tangram, scène nationale Evreux Louviers | Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest | L’Onde Théâtre Centre d’Art, Scène Conventionnée d’Intérêt National – Art et Création pour la Danse | Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes – Direction Ambra Senatore | VIADANSE – Direction Fatoumi/Lamoureux, Centre chorégraphique national de Bourgogne Franche-Comté à Belfort in the frame of the studio program – a device of Ministry of Culture and Communication and DRAC Bourgogne Franche-Comté | Compagnie DCA / La Chaufferie

Support | Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France | Région Ile-de-France | The creation of Fragmented Shadows receives commissioning support from New York Live Arts’ Live Feed creative residency program, which is supported in part by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Partners for New Performance.

Sponsorship | With the support of Caisse des Dépôts | With additional support provided by Sweat Variant

Residencies | Compagnie DCA / La Chaufferie | L’Onde Théâtre Centre d’Art | CCN Belfort – Viadanse | CCN Nantes in the frame of the studio program, with the support of Ministry of Culture/DRAC Pays-de-la-Loire | Le Tangram, scène nationale Evreux Louviers | Villa Albertine (New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston) | PS21, Chatham (New York) | New York Live Arts (New York City) | CCN Belfort – Viadanse | CCN Nantes

Rehearsal space | CN D Centre national de la danse, Pantin | La Briqueterie, CDCN Val-de-Marne


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