Acts of the desert

Project:  Dance Theater Show with immersive video

The Acts of the Desert

Choreographer and performer / Smaïl Kanouté
Director / Bruno Freyssinet
Musician / Batiste Darsoulant
Slamor / Afroriginal ™
Writer / Jean Pierre Hamon
Scenographer / Ikse Maître
Light designer / Alexandre Fandard
Light Regulator / Elsa Portas
Stylists / XULY.Bet and JAYONE Ramier
Pictures of Timbuktu / Abdou Diouri


An initiatory journey


It all started with audio tapes that Smail Kanoute received by mail. Above, there are the voices of the different people he met in Mali during his two trips in 1999 and 2011. Coming from the ENSAD, at the same time graphic designer, serigraph, visual artist and professional dancer, Smaïl Kanouté then decides to write a show based on these testimonies, an initiatory journey that mixes dance, music and videos. “I see myself alone, sand as far as the eye can see, at sunset, where I decide to make this initiatory journey to find my origins. The sand runs between my fingers and connects me to them. I dance lost beings.
At the sound of Batiste kora Lesly Darsoulant, an old man-memory rolls out each name on the family tree. The Acts of the Desert also pay homage to the city of Timbuktu. “A crossroads of exchange, knowledge and study among scholars around the world. A university was born 200 years before the foundation of the Sorbonne and we continue to decipher and preserve these rich manuscripts of various knowledge.

The audience surrounds the dancer in a spectacular device that aims to immerse him in his world, directed by Bruno Freyssinet.

A scenic, immersive, sound and visual device

The show is presented in Les Mondes de traverse, an interactive hybrid installation, immersive and virtual, visual and sound, designed by the scenographer and researcher, Ikse Maître, with Frédéric Baudin, teacher-researcher at the Institute of Space Astrophysics – IAS (CNRS, University Paris-Sud). A reconstruction of the solar surface is projected on a panoramic cylinder 10 meters in diameter and 4 meters high. During the show, the projections of the heart of the sun rise on the desert and dialogue with the stages of the dancer’s journey.

Watch the video presentation:

The Acts of the Desert

The Acts of the Desert is a creation of the Vivons! Company, supported by Mains d’Œuvres and the CENTQUATRE; an opening of the airlock, science-art-society group; a co-production of Compagnie Vivons !, La Transplanisphère and La métonymie in partnership with Donner des Ailes, IAS and Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay. The Acts of the Desert are accompanied in executive production by Alternative Inner Motion / A.I.M.

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