Company Palette | Honte, le point de non-retour
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Two humans, on on the leave, the other remains.
The resting one waits for something the other one cannot find. A continuing back and forth between two persons, oppressed by their respective expectations. The resting one is close up in a waiting process of hope for a better life – a hope based on the success of the left one.
The one who hit the road has to move on, alone, towards that mirage he believed in – and which becomes more and more unattainable. Facing failed promises he made, the exiled one closes up in a feeling of shame, becoming an obstacle to move back.
“In the year 2015, in Chad, I met two Cameroonian migrants who described their hardship to me; yet, they cannot return home.
When you leave, in the quest for a better life in another country, you cannot come back with empty pockets, regardless of the difficulties you faced: your family, your friends, keep their eyes on you with grant expectations.
During my following travels, in Africa, to different cities and in Europe and beyond, I was shocked to listen to the same speech of non-return. In despite of their different journeys, all witnessed the same disenchantment, the dream of an Eldorado becoming a common reality: precarious and insecure living conditions leading to social decline. A tragic experience spoiling the relations with their communities.
Facing those stories, watching the poorness in cold and humid streets, I am overwhelmed with a growing sadness. I feel anger as I feel powerless. My answer is this work, an attempt to describe the common psychological destiny of those fearing to deceive those who expect a glorious return to the home community.
My aim is to make visible and tangible this hope for success becoming an obstacle for a return. I want to describe the devastation a human experiences with this invisible wall to his fellows. This failure of exile.”
“With this work, I want to witness of this inner, often hidden, sense of shame. It is a violent emotion, touching, moving and transforming us deeply.
Our body language is based on traditional dance technics from Cameroon, contemporary dance and urban dance forms. It is a very personal expression, a synthesis of several years of research and encounters.
My choreographic approach is led by a strong and poignant emotion, with no rules nor impediment, tending to touch the audience with authenticity and truth.”
Conception & choreography Alima Rolland
Performers Alima Rolland & Koh Ngaba Anicet Vivien
Artistic advice Marine Bachelot Nguyen
Light creation Nicolas Pillet
Music Antonin Peuzin & Thierno S. Mballo (Msath/Fruity Venus)
Producer Jérôme Bardeau
Production Compagnie Palette
Co-production Le Triangle, cité de la danse | Ploërmel Communauté
Support DRAC Bretagne | Région Bretagne | Ville de Rennes
Residencies at Le Triangle, cité de la danse | Maison de Quartier Villejean, Rennes | La Gare, fabrique des arts en mouvement | Réservoir Danse, Rennes | Ploërmel Communauté
Photos © Gérard Payelle et François Langlais