Nacht der Museen (Night of the Museums) / German Premiere

Saïdo Lehlouh

Big stage
27.04.2024 – 28.04.2024
Zwei urbane Tänzer*innen schauen sich intensiv an.
Performer blickt über Schulter in Kamera
Performer schaut in Raum
Zwei Hände greifen in die Luft. Die eine klammert sich an die andere.

20 urban dancers channel their collective energies in an explosive dance piece by renowned urban choreographer Saïdo Lehlouh. Témoin is part of a work process that Saïdo Lehlouh has been developing for several years. Here, 20 dancers are dedicated to an equipoised game veering between energy, personality, and decision-making, to shape a collective dance that springs into existence in a moment’s vibrancy. Holding the group together is their strong shared theme: Gathering dancers with different styles, who generally learned their dances far removed from any academic educational context, bringing them together in a certain place and at a certain time in order to turn the vibration and energy of their meeting into the centre of a choreography.

Saïdo Lehlouh, who originally came from b-boying, expands the field in Témoin by including numerous influences that transcend hip-hop while informing the careers of the dancers assembled here. Due to the uniqueness of the dancers and their way of playing the game of improvisation, the piece comes up in a dynamism of deep listening and encounter. Saïdo Lehlouh, Bad Trip Crew breaker, is known for his slinky feline style that blends fluidity and finesse with authenticity. Saïdo Lehlouh is a regular guest at tanzhaus nrw. His most recent showing at tanzhaus nrw was his performance The Dancing, a participatory gathering of dancers in Düsseldorf's urban space. Témoin is a community of breakers creating the experience within the beauty of an instinctive and spontaneous hip-hop dance.

We will present Témoin twice during Nacht der Museen (Night of the Museums) on April 27th, showing abridged 20-minute versions. In addition to the performances, audiences will be given the opportunity to participate in several Open Studios at the Foyer as part of Nacht der Museen (Night of the Museums).  Only cash payment is possible at the tanzhaus nrw box office during the Night of the Museums.

Témoin will be presented as its full-form 55-minute version at 6 pm on Sunday.

Backstage with Saïdo Lehlouh

Through my work, I want to give the audiences the opportunity to experience the performance on an emotional level and to understand that it reflects the dancers' lives. That it portrays an ecosystem and mirrors our collective journey. 

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Portrait von Saido Lehlouh

Choreography: Saïdo Lehlouh; Lighting design: Tom Visser; Music: Mackenzy Bergile (composition), Raphaël Henard (music dramaturgy); Performance (alternating): Ndoho Ange, Mehdi Baki, Audric Chauvin, Marina de Remedios, Jerson Diasonama, Dylan Eusebe, Johanna Faye, Linda Hayford, Aliashka Hilsum, Marvin Kemat aka Zulu,Karim Khouader,Kïne aka Young Wrestler, Odile Lacides, Timothy Nguyen, Mattéo Raoelison, Emilie Spencer, Raphaël Stora, Clarisse Tognella, Lorenzo Vayssiere, Thias.

A creation by Cie Black Sheep, produced by Collectif FAIR-E / CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne, co-produced by: Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Maison de la Danse de Lyon, Le Cratère - scène nationale d'Alès, Charleroi Danse, center chorégraphique de Wallonie - Bruxelles, Château Rouge (Annemasse), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf). Residencies at Théâtre de la Ville-Paris - Espace Cardin, Théâtre National de Bretagne - Salle Gabily, CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne. Supported by the Alliance of International Production Houses, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.