Body Politics Festival | Quartiers Libres / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Quartiers Libres

Nadia Beugré

Body Politics

29-30 OCT 2018

The performance is in English
Exhibition Hall
Duration: 50 minutes
A mountain of empty plastic bottles, a powerful performer who sings and dances, the audience on stage: these are the ingredients of a high-voltage performance which startles with its immediacy and its imagery. Nadia Beugré from far-off Ivory Coast, just a breath away.
Onassis Stegi Friends presale: from 2 OCT 2018, 12:00
General presale: from 9 OCT 2018, 12:00

Full price: 7 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 6 €
Groups 10+ people, People with disabilities - Companions & Unemployed: 5 €

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“Quartiers libres”: a French expression meaning ‘the space of freedom’. As a performance, “Quartiers libres” was made to create a free space in which an African woman’s cry for justice could be heard. Because as Africa drowns under a mountain of plastic waste, and Western waste in general, the West remains inert and apathetic.

And it is precisely this apathy that the stirring Nadia Beugré seeks to subvert, putting herself in among the audience, expressing all the things that can’t be said, emotions too complex to put into words, with her body. As she seeks the freedom to speak, she’s forever becoming entangled in her endless microphone cable, entrapped by a mountain of plastic bottles and—above all—trapped within herself as, gagged by bottles and weighed down by her bottle clothes, she struggles to reach out to the humanity around her.


Choreography, Performance, Plastic Creation: Nadia Beugré
Dramaturgy, Sound Creation & Operation: Boris Hennion
Technical direction: Christophe Fougou or Anthony Merlaud
Costumes: Nadia Beugré and Boris Hennion
Lights & Stage Design: Laurent Bourgeois and Erik Houllier
Sound Landscape “alarms”: Mathieu Grenier
Executive Production: Latitudes Prod - Lille

Special thanks: Choreographic National Center in Montpellier (France), Agora-Montpellier Danse, Choreographic Development Center in Toulouse (France)

Monday 29 October
After performance talk with the choreographers of "To Rest on a Slope", "And So You See..." and "Quartiers Libres". The talk will take place after the end of "To Rest on a Slope".
Moderated by Elpida Rikou, PhD, anthropologist, visual artist

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The lack of drinking water in many African countries means people have to buy bottled water and drinks, consuming vast quantities of plastic packaging. In countries like Uganda, the people are literally drowning in mountains of plastic bottles. Which is why the image of heaped up plastic bottles is often used to convey the reality of everyday African life. But the root of the problem remains the lack of drinking water...
According to "The Guardian", one million plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute, and this number is set to be 20% higher by 2021. The experts suggest recycling and a return to solutions such as permanent utensils (water bottles, cups with lids etc.) made out of environmentally-friendly materials.
Nadia Beugré’s long-term collaborator, the dramatist Boris Hennion, works in education, where he creates choreographic participation tools. For "Quartiers Libres", Boris Hennion also created the soundscape.
Nadia Beugré began her career in a traditional dance theatre in the Ivory Coast.  In 1997, she was one of the founders of the Tché Tché dance company, along with the multiple award-winning Béatrice Kombé. Since her first solo, "Un espace vide: Moi" [An empty space: myself], she has been searching for choreographic tools, studying at Germaine Acogny’s Ecole des Sables in Senegal, a training centre for traditional and contemporary dance techniques.
She later moved to France, where in 2009, she attended Mathilde Monnier’s ex.e.r.ce educational programme, which addressed "Dance and image”. As part of this programme, she began working on the solo for "Libres Quartiers", which she ultimately premièred in 2012 in Paris. In the meantime, while working on her solo, she also participated in performances by Mathilde Monnier and other distinguished French choreographers.
Having conquered the French stage, she has opened herself up to the international dance scene. As a result, her works "Legacy" (2015) and "Tapis Rouge" (2017) have been performed at major events including the Festival d'Automne in Paris and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam as well as in many other cities around the world. She is currently touring with "Roukasskass Club" (2018) and working on her latest choreography, "L'Homme Rare".

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