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DANCE FILM OPEN CALL

UNTIL FEBRUARY 15, 2023

FACE TO FACE

Florent Mahoukou
Friday 3. Nov 2023
21:15 GMT+1
Metropolis Kino
  • Dance Film
Congo

| Synopsis

At a difficult turning point in his personal and professional life, choreographer Florent Mahoukou returns to the town of Pointe Noire where, for him, everything began with dance. His native country has evolved very little and nothing is offered to the people to get out of their precarious situation. Only informal activities allow them to survive. “Face to Face” is a questioning of oneself with a desire to understand life, where the system of coping borders on art.

| Credits

Author – director – choreographer: Florent Mahoukou | Assistant Director: Harvin Isma | Director of Photography – Editing: Prence Bazabana | Editing – Color Grading: Micheal Gandgo | Text: Ronan Chéneau | Text Adaptation: Florent Mahoukou | Original Music: Maxime Campin | Slam Coaching: Gilles Ndouta | Poster and Teaser: Prence Bazabana | English Translation with subtitles: Gaylor Petro | Music: “Zombie” by Fela Kuti, “Survivor” by Tshegue

Dancers: Arnold Mahoukou, Komandé Chancela, Maria Bimangou, Gilbert Mabiala, Bertony Nganga

Production: STUDIO MAHO PROD, Beaufray MOUPELO

Acknowledgements: Cham Chamayou, Orlonde Zola, Bertony Nganga, Destin Kamiamenoko, Gilbert Mabiala, Meryl Bayimissa, Tony Mbale, Mixiana Laba, Wojtek Doroszuk, Rufin Mbou, Gaylor Petro, Alexandra Guenin, Lionel Sanz, Gilles Ndouta.

Florent Mahoukou

| Biography

Florent MAHOUKOU is a Franco-Congolese artist, dancer-performer, theater performer and choreographer. At the age of 12, he formed a street dance group in Brazzaville called “BANA 16ème”. His discovery of the Tambours de Brazza fueled his desire to dance. In 2000, he began his stage career, joining the Compagnie BINA-NGOUA/Serge Bissadissi in Pointe-Noire. In August 2002, he launched his choreographic career with his first piece, Corps en Trance. From 2003 to 2006, he taught traditional Congolese dance at the Lycée Français in Pointe-Noire.

He has taken part in numerous workshops with, among others, Cie Paco Décina, Carolyn Carlson and Sara Orselie, Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro, Amadou Bouro, Kettly Noel, Eric Lamoureux, Jean-Pierre Amiel… He has never ceased to deepen his bodywork and diversify his experiences.

Since 2007, Florent MAHOUKOU has been initiator and artistic director of the RUE DANCE event, choreographic strolls in the streets of Congo, Niger, Gabon…

He collaborated on Ndjila na Ndjila with Compagnie BANINGA, winner of Danse l’Afrique Danse 2008, and also performed Le Sacre du printemps with Compagnie Heddy MAALEM and Nos enfants nous font peur… with Groupe RICTUS/David BOBEE.
The choreographer continues to assert his artistic personality with his piece On The Steps… winner of the first prize at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques d’Afrique et de l’Océan Indien and the Puma Créative prize in Bamako.

Enriched by the encounters and experiences that have nurtured his career as a performer both in Congo and abroad, he has developed a choreographic style all his own. He continues to confront his choreographic work by collaborating with other choreographers such as: dance teacher Laurent Longa Fo, choreographer Andreya Ouamba, choreographer Gregory Maqoma, director David Bobée, author-writer Ronan Chéneau, author-playwright Dieudonné Niangouna, playwright and director Hedi Clermont De Tonnerre… He is also initiated into the Hip Hop dynamic, drawing inspiration from urban territory. His intimate choreographic universe revolves around suspension and the joy of movement. Clearly contemporary, he reflects the times, sometimes bordering on the avant-garde…

| Biography

Florent MAHOUKOU is a Franco-Congolese artist, dancer-performer, theater performer and choreographer. At the age of 12, he formed a street dance group in Brazzaville called “BANA 16ème”. His discovery of the Tambours de Brazza fueled his desire to dance. In 2000, he began his stage career, joining the Compagnie BINA-NGOUA/Serge Bissadissi in Pointe-Noire. In August 2002, he launched his choreographic career with his first piece, Corps en Trance. From 2003 to 2006, he taught traditional Congolese dance at the Lycée Français in Pointe-Noire.

He has taken part in numerous workshops with, among others, Cie Paco Décina, Carolyn Carlson and Sara Orselie, Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro, Amadou Bouro, Kettly Noel, Eric Lamoureux, Jean-Pierre Amiel… He has never ceased to deepen his bodywork and diversify his experiences.

Since 2007, Florent MAHOUKOU has been initiator and artistic director of the RUE DANCE event, choreographic strolls in the streets of Congo, Niger, Gabon…

He collaborated on Ndjila na Ndjila with Compagnie BANINGA, winner of Danse l’Afrique Danse 2008, and also performed Le Sacre du printemps with Compagnie Heddy MAALEM and Nos enfants nous font peur… with Groupe RICTUS/David BOBEE.
The choreographer continues to assert his artistic personality with his piece On The Steps… winner of the first prize at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques d’Afrique et de l’Océan Indien and the Puma Créative prize in Bamako.

Enriched by the encounters and experiences that have nurtured his career as a performer both in Congo and abroad, he has developed a choreographic style all his own. He continues to confront his choreographic work by collaborating with other choreographers such as: dance teacher Laurent Longa Fo, choreographer Andreya Ouamba, choreographer Gregory Maqoma, director David Bobée, author-writer Ronan Chéneau, author-playwright Dieudonné Niangouna, playwright and director Hedi Clermont De Tonnerre… He is also initiated into the Hip Hop dynamic, drawing inspiration from urban territory. His intimate choreographic universe revolves around suspension and the joy of movement. Clearly contemporary, he reflects the times, sometimes bordering on the avant-garde…