Thu, 26 Oct. 2023
Echoing the hashtag #Never21 coined by the Black Lives Matter movement, this contemporary dance production by French-Malian choreographer and dancer Smail Kanouté pays tribute to the victims of gun violence in New York, Rio and Johannesburg… who will never turn 21 years old.

“Never Twenty One” puts on the Nicosia Municipal Theatre stage a vision of humanity, inspired by the heartbreaking reality of the violence that has resulted in so many senseless deaths of young Black men. The piece reflects on the impact of colonialism and racism and examines the persistence with ancestral rites as a way of affirming identity.

The three powerful dancers, perform very physical, intense movements rooted in street styles (krumping, popping), contemporary dance idioms, and the baile funk and pasinho of South America. Their graffitied torsos are inscribed with testimonials from victims’ families and the evils they have suffered. Like wandering spirits, they tell us about these stolen and broken lives.

Choreographer: Smail Kanouté
Dancers: Aston Bonaparte, Salomon Mpondo-Dicka and Smail Kanouté
Body painting: Lorella Disez
Assistant choreographer: Moustapha Ziane
Scenography & lighting design: Olivier Brichet
Sound design: Paul Lajus
Light manager: Josselin Allaire
Costume design: Rachel Boa and Ornella Maris
Production & Tour Manager: Cécile Pouységur
Executive Production: Compagnie Vivons!

Coproduction by Les Ateliers Médicis - Clichy sous Bois / Espace 1789 - Scène conventionnée danse - Saint Ouen / Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint Denis / CentQuatre - Paris / Théâtre de la Ville - Danse Élargie 2020 - Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
With the support of Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Ile de France / Région Ile de France / Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis / Ville de Paris / Adami / Spedidam / Caisse des Dépôts

Tickets: Stephanis shops and at the Nicosia Municipal Theatre box office (Monday - Friday 10:00-13:00).

ZONE A (€18.00 / €15.00)
ZONE B (€16.00 / €12.00)
ZONE C (€14.00 / €10.00)
ZONE D (€12.00 / €10.00)

Information: 22797979 (Monday - Friday 10:00-13:00).
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