STATEMENT OF INTENT
These powerful words that the jazz diva sang were written for her by Waring Cuney, and still resonate like the testimony of another era, when black women had to fight to make room for themselves in a conservative society that tried to shun out the daughters of yesterday’s slaves, and wouldn’t include them in the traditional image of Western beauty.
Today, as such inequalities still endure, and women are still fighting to make their voices heard, a new form of self- expression has arisen to shake the values the years of fighting have brought with them.
Images tackles such topics as hypersexualisation or underestimation of natural beauty, and questions the values, of our consumer society that uses the female body as an answer to the needs it induces, and that has forgotten the fight originated by such heroins as Nina Simone. What can we do today to ensure the perenity of the heritage that was passed down to us from these pioneers of feminism? How can we establish that women’s beauty is subjective, bring down our stereotypes, or make room for black women in our society?
Drawing inspiration from waacking and afro-house music, she creates a whole new vocabulary in which she includes sign language, in an attempt to speak to all of us and make Images a universal experience, both in its form and its contents.
CAST & TECHNICAL CREW
Choreographer and interpret | Antoinette Gomis
Light Designer | Laurent Vérité
Avec l’aide et le conseil de JULES « DANSIGNEUR »
Breakin’ Convention, Londres
La Villette et Initiatives d’Artistes en Danses Urbaines (Fondation de France – Paris de la Villette avec le soutien de la Caisse de Dépôts et de l’Acsé)
Ville de Cergy & Visages du Monde
Maison Daniel Féry de Nanterre