Culminating an ambitious HCL Residency at Experimental Station, Dorothée Munyaneza and Keyierra Collins perform a work in development prior to its 2020 premiere in Charleroi Danse Biennale. Dorothée employs music, text and movement and creates community by dealing with rupture as a dynamic force. Her HCL Residency has spanned eleven weeks and is designed as an intercontinental, inter-city and multigenerational journey. It has provided Dorothée creative studio time at Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest) and at Experimental Station (in Woodlawn/Hyde Park-Kenwood, Chicago) to develop a first draft with Keyierra Collins (dance) and Ben LaMar Gay (music). The HCL Residency has also supported a series of artistic exchanges with avery r young (music, poetry); Norman Teague and Folayemi Wilson (visual art), Raquel Monroe (dance), and others.
Accompanying Dorothée in her HCL Residency at Experimental Station is Nicolas Détrie, an Ashoka Fellow and director of Yes We Camp in Marseille, and their young children. Sharing Experimental Station’s principles of independent sustainability and mutualism, his Yes We Camp organization builds citizenry by deploying previously vacant lots or buildings where social groups can mix and be self-empowered.
HCL is pushing the possibility of the Residency program by building on their combined artistic and social practice and the numerous people engaged through this unique city to city partnership and exchange. HCL has supported a series of meals, presentations and workshops co-organized by Dorothée and Nicolas with youth of Blackstone Bike Works and the School at Invisible Institute, educators, and community organizers through the efforts of Experimental Station, lead partner, and the Egan Office Urban Education and Community Partnerships at DePaul University, and Stein Learning Gardens at Saint Sabina.
Dorothée Munyaneza is from Rwanda, where she spent her childhood, of British nationality and currently lives in Marseille, France. She was trained in music studies at the Jonas Foundation in London and at Canterbury University, has taken part on the AfroCelt Sound System’s Anatomic album, and composed and sang part of the original soundtrack of the film Hotel Rwanda. She entered contemporary dance upon meeting François Verret in 2006, and has collaborated with artists such as Nan Goldin and choreographers Mark-Tompkins, Robyn Orlin, Alain Buffard, Rachid Ouramdane, Maud Le Pladec. She founded her company Kadidi in 2013 and in 2014 premiered her first full length work Samedi Détente, touring throughout France, Europe, the US and Rwanda. Unwanted, her testimonial about female strength created after returning to the homeland to listen to women survivors of genocide, premiered 2017 at Festival d’Avignon and has toured widely. As artist associate at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, for Chantiers d’Europe, Munyaneza presented Woad, a concert-performance with musicians Benjamin Collin and Daniel Ngarukiye and flamenco dancer Yinka Esi Graves. She has been a jury member for several dance competitions such as Danse Elargie and Africa Simply the best at Laboratoire Ankata, founded by choregrapher Serge-Aimé Coulibaly.