Production Details / Press Releases
“In the womb of the souvenir, the memory intensifies, no-one wants nor wishes to return to the vats of souvenirs often so difficult to spill. People talk about it as they would have seen a film, they speak about it as if it was an old story, even if it has just happened. You have to accept the painful perspiration to be able to talk about it. Here, what is not said is known, and what is said should be accepted, what is accepted is not necessarily what is in the thought, even more serious is to dare to think about it.”
Born in Pointe Noire, Congo Brazzaville, Andréya Ouamba began his artistic career in 1993 when he met Chrysogone Diangouaya, the artistic director of the Monana Ballet Theatre and founder of the Mabina-Danse Festival in Brazzaville. He joined the ballet and became the choreographer’s assistant. In 1995, after touring in DRC (formerly Zaire), Andréya Ouamba created his first choreographic production, “L‘haleine“, which won 1st Prize at the Mabina-Danse Contest in Brazzaville. In 1999, he was invited to the École des Sables in Toubab-Dialaw (Senegal) under the direction of Germaine Acogny. As a performer, Andréya worked with Carlos Orta (USA), Flora Théfaine (Togo), Avi Kaïser (Israel) and Reggie Wilson (USA) a.o. He moved to Dakar in 2000. The same year, he set up Compagnie 1er Temps and staged his own life story in “Pluriel“. Ouamba’s works were shown at the Market for Performing Arts in Africa (MASA), the Festival Dance Umbrella in South Africa, Tanz im August, Festival Polyzentral in Hamburg and Montpellier Dance Festival. Andréya participated frequently in composition workshops at the Choreographic Research and Composition Centre (CRCC) at Royaumont Abbey, In April 2006, the duo “Impro- Visé_2“ won 1st prize at the 6th African and Indian Ocean Choreographic Encounters and is continuing to tour internationally. Currently, with his association, Andréya organises professional dance workshops – “AEx-Corps” – for dancers from Dakar.
Cast & Credits
Concept & Choreography: Andréya Ouamba
With: Horten Adjovi, Marcel Gbeffa, Aïcha Kaboré, Francia Louzolo, Fanny Mabondzo, Momar Ndiaye
Original music: Murcof, Alva Noto
Light: Cyril Givort
Stage: Jean-Christophe Lauquetin
Management: Francis Ouamba (Senegal), Roger Tsiampassi (Congo)
Assistance: Fatou Cisse
Production: Cie 1er Temps-BP
Special thanks to: Aïcha Kaboré, Adama (CDC), Adonis Nebie, Adjaratou Sawadogo, Antoine Tempé, Bienvenu Bazié, Boris Nganga, Cyril Givort, Delphine Noly, Elise Fitte-Duval, Eric Esther Baker, Fanny Mabondzo, Fatou Cissé, Florent Mahoukou, Francia Louzolo, Horten Adjoivi, Irène Tassembedo (EDIT), Jean Paul (CDC), Lila Greene, Marcel Gbeffa, Marjorie Neset, Ndèye Mané Touré, Olivier Tarpaga, Ousmane Noel Cissé, Sandro, Reggie Wilson, Romual Kaboré , François Bouda, Marya Wethers, Momar Ndiaye, Moustapha Sawadogo, Mouhamed (CDC), Sala (CDC), Salia Sanou, Sali (CDC), Seydou Boro, Xavier Lot
Supported by: Institut Français (Dakar), CDC-La Termitière de Ouagadougou, EEG Cowles Foundation, North Fourth Art VSA ARTS of Center New Mexico, Art Moves Africa, CCF de Cotonou, CCF de Brazzaville, CCF de Ouagadougou
Guest performance supported by: Goethe-Institut
Tanz im August 2011
Organizer: Hebbel am Ufer – Artistic Director / Management Matthias Lilienthal, Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH / TanzWerkstatt Berlin – Management Moritz van Dülmen
Artistic director: Ulrike Becker, Dr. Pirkko Husemann, Matthias Lilienthal, André Thériault, Marion Ziemann
Production management: Kati Thiel, Anna Wagner, Marion Ziemann
Tanz im August is supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Supported by the Capital Culture Fund.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
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The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):