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Du Désir d’horizons [Burkina Faso]

The refugee within us all

Du Désir d’horizons [Burkina Faso]

Where does the boundary between yourself and the other lie? How should you deal with problems while not losing yourself in the process? The dance performance Du désir d’horizons by choreographer Salia Sanou from Burkina Faso, one of the most influential artists in contemporary African dance, revolves around these questions.

Sanou sought inspiration in the experiences he had during workshops he gave to refugees in his home country Burkina Faso (West Africa), although he says the performance should not be seen as documenting life in refugee camps. Instead, Sanou has six dancers, a narrator and two young refugees tell ‘stories’ about universal themes, which should also be familiar to non-refugees: loneliness, the individual versus the collective and the desire for freedom.

With a great deal of energy, optimism and humour, Du désir d’horizons shows how you can deal with change and difficult situations, at personal as well as at universal level.

“The dance is magnificent, sinuous, strong, profoundly original with its vocabulary that blends brilliantly with contemporary dance accents from elsewhere.” (Danser Canal Historique)

On 14 and 17 March, one of Salia Sanou’s dancers will give a dance workshop in Utrecht.

-Dutch text
French text 

Genre: Dance
Executives: Salia Sanou
Language: Language no problem


Salia Sanou

Valentine Carette, Ousséni Dabaré, Catherine Denecy, Jérôme Kaboré, Elithia Rabenjamina, Mickael Nana, Marius Sawadogo, Asha Imani Thomas

Nancy Huston (from: Limbes, Limbo / Un hommage à Samuel Beckett)

Mathieu Lorry Dupuy

Marie-Christine Soma

Amine Bouhafa

Stage technology
Rémy Combret

Lighting technology
Diane Guérin

Stéphane Maisonneuve

Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris (France), African Artists for Development, Bonlieu Scène nationale d’Annecy (France), La Bâtie Festival de Genève (Switzerland), La Filature Scène nationale de Mulhouse (France), Viadanse Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté à Belfort (France), Centre de développement chorégraphique de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (France)

With the support of
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Occitanie, Région Occitanie, ADAMI

65 min


  • Tue 12 Mar 20:30
    Internationaal Theater, Amsterdam (ITA)
  • Sat 16 Mar 20:00
    Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht
  • Tue 19 Mar 20:15
    Theater Rotterdam, Schouwburg

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Festival info

Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Frascati (Amsterdam), Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Het Nationale Theater (Den Haag), Zuiderstrandtheater (Den Haag), Theater Rotterdam, Chassé Theater (Breda), Parkstad Limburg Theaters (Heerlen en Kerkrade)