Dance | Lowela | La Mer Noire on an African tour

Lowela -  La Mer Noire dance company 2021

Power, softness, rage, poetry. Sometimes like raging waves against the pier, sometimes in a soothing movement like the low tide, the dancers of La Mer Noire inundated the stage of the Jean Rouch Cultural Center last Friday.

Niamey, 20:00. The heat is still stifling. The sun has been beating down all day on the mineral stage of the outdoor theater and the walls are sweating the accumulated degrees. A pulse in the background, 4 bodies moving on the stage. After Senegal and Togo, the Senegalese dance company La Mer Noire makes a stopover in Niger to present its new creation on the occasion of an African tour.

Lowela. Piece for 4 hip hop dancers.

Raw, unpredictable, hypnotizing like the ocean, the bodies confront each other, support each other, intertwine, battle each other, breathe, and gasp for breath.

La Mer Noire dance company - Lowela

The dancers come from house, breakdance or Krump, but technique is not the point here. 4 beings reveal themselves on stage. Loaded with their lives, their emotions, their present state, the past day, it is with sincerity that Dexter Belleka, Khoudia Toure, Alioune Sow and Cortex Tsengou Digna spatter us with their powerful, hybrid and true gestures. From a being alone against all to a pack ready to fight; from the intimate to the riot; from complicity to rivalry. Exploring the relationships of force and power, the group metamorphoses from chaos to harmony, sometimes all-powerful, sometimes helpless. But it is cohesion and unity that prevail in this realm where everyone struggles with their dreams and demons, where everyone moves forward together, in search of freedom, in search of a new order.

Julien Villa’s soundtrack supports the dancers, sometimes guides them, sometimes follows them… and like a meandering river, it slips between the rows and envelops us.

If the dancers finish breathless in a moment of hype and fly, they also leave us short of breath, subjugated by the strength of the stomps of an ecstatic Dexter and the generosity of a united group that gives everything on stage.

Lowela –  La Mer Noire dance company
Next stops : Libreville, Nairobi, Nouakchott. Choreography and performance : Khoudia Toure, Dexter Pierre-Claver Belleka, Alioune Sow et Krisner Tsengou Digna Cortex Soundtrack : Julien Villa Light set : Alexis Dansin Production : Compagnie Art-track Co-production : Centre Chorégraphique National de Roubaix/Ballet du Nord ; le FLOW – Ville de Lille Sponsors : Institut Français, Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France au Sénégal, Institut Français au Sénégal, QDance Center, Fondation Prince Claus, Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative, Maison des Cultures Urbaines de Dakar
Also discover the film The Call of Dance , with the dancers of La Mer Noire.
La Mer Noire by Araki Koman