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Danse en résistance : le patrimoine immatériel en mouvement

19th Intangible Cultural Heritage Day

Tuesday 06 June 2023, at 2pm

Auditorium - Cité internationale des arts
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As part of the 26th Festival de l'imaginaire organized by the Maison des cultures du monde - Centre français du patrimoine culturel immatériel, the Cité internationale des arts, in partnership with the Laboratoire d'Aubervillers, presents Danse en résistance : le patrimoine immatériel en mouvement​.  

Curated by Margot Videcoq (Director of the Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers) and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (Head of Artistic and Cultural Programming at the Cité internationale des arts), the 19th Day of the Material Heritage, Danse en résistance : le patrimoine immatériel en mouvement​, offers a time of reflection focused on dances of resistance and commitment.


In repressive or discriminatory contexts, dance discourse and the dancing body can become powerful expressive vectors, at once rhetorical, emotional and cathartic. In what way can certain dances become a factor of emancipation and a lever of claim from issues of defense? How does their recognition as ICH impact and metamorphose practices in return? By placing at the heart of the device the lived experience and the participation of the actors, holders of heritage, what can be the ambiguities or the tensions between practices of resistance and their patrimonialization in connection with state or international institutions? What singular spaces are constructed to defend, transmit and develop dances in resistance?


At the crossroads of different approaches, this edition proposes to explore the way in which certain dances in resistance travel and circulate by conveying the knowledge, histories and memories with which they are associated, while being re-appropriated and recreated in different contexts. Two main subjects will be explored during this time of reflection punctuated by performances: on the one hand, the question of time by questioning the traces and memories transmitted by the choreographic experience; on the other hand, the question of space by exploring the dances in travel and circulation.


Conceived in dialogue with Margot Videcoq (director of the Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers) and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (Head of artistic and cultural programming, Cité internationale des arts)

Moderator: Faïza Maameri, Author and activist choreographer. Artistic director. President of the cultural association for the promotion of music and choreographic arts. International Council of Dance of Unesco.



PROGRAMME : (subject to change)

2pm Opening, Bénédicte Alliot, General Director, Cité internationale des arts and Alice Fromonteil, Head of CFPCI, Maison des Cultures du Monde


2.15pm - 2.30pm Dancing Prelude, Paula Comitre (Open Space - Flamenco), with Orlando Bass (piano)


2.30pm - 3.45pm Time: Traces and memories of the choreographic experience

- Carolane Sanchez, MCF Performing Arts University of Franche-Comté, artist-researcher

- Isabelle Launay, Professor, Dance Department, University of Paris 8

- Roméo Agid, choreographic artist, composer, musician, teacher-researcher and doctor in Arts and Theory of Music (Paris-Saclay)

- Paula Comitre, choreographer and Flamenco dancer, graduated in Flamenco dance at the Antonio Ruiz Soler Professional Dance Conservatory of Seville

- Mukaddas Mijit, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker and artist. Laboratory of Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds (LAMC), Free University of Brussels (ULB)


Discussion with the audience


3.45pm - 4pm Dance interlude, Tatiana Nade Gueria (Sian - Contemporary Dance)




4.15pm - 5.30pm Space : Dances on a journey

- Sarah Andrieu, anthropologist, MCF Université Côte d'Azur, URMIS

- Raïssa Leï, director and choreographer of the company Kif-Kif Bledi, alternative dances from North Africa and Lebanon (Paris)

- Dale Blackheart, voguing dancer (Baltimore)

- Mahalia Lassibille, anthropologist, MCF in the Dance department at the University of Paris 

- Fatima Leghzal, dancer and choreographer. Choreographic and musical projects of the Compagnie Dounia (Rennes)

- Tatiana Nade Gueria, dancer and performer, graduate of the Irène Tassembedo International Contemporary Dance School (Ouagadougou)


Discussion with the audience


5.30pm - 5.45pm Dance epilogue, Dale Blackheart (I'm walking tonight! - Voguing)



Participating artists in residency :
Dale Blackheart

Dale Blackheart, born as David Leach in Baltimore, Maryland, is an American dancer, choreographer and performer.

Dale has taught vogue classes for all ages, appeared in music videos, and has also acted, choreographed, and performed in theater shows such as Chocolate Covered Rocky Horror (2015) and Evanescent (2020). He has also trained in baroque during his travels.


Dale Blackheart (USA) is in residence as part of the "2-12" programme at the Cité internationale des arts.


Paula Comitre

Born in Seville in 1994, Paula Comitre joined the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía in 2013 until 2016. In 2017, she begins her solo career making her debut at Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos and she joins David Coria's company and Rafaela Carrasco's company the same year, as a solo dancer and choreographer. In February 2020, she presented her first solo show, Cámara abierta, at the XXIV edition of the Jerez Festival, where she won the Revelation Award. That same year, she participated in the show ¡Fandango! by David Coria & David Lagos, as an assistant rehearsal director and dancer. This show was co-produced by the Théâtre national de Chaillot in Paris.

In September 2020, she presented Electroflamenco de Artomático at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla and received the Giraldillo Revelation Award of this festival. In February 2022, she unveils her second show, Alegorías (El límite y sus mapas), created in collaboration with the contemporary dancer Lorena Nogal, at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, counting on the co-production of the latter. 

Paula Comitre (Spain) is in residence through the programme "Académie des beaux-arts x Cité internationale des arts".


Practical Information

Tuesday 06 June 2023 

From 2pm to 6pm


Free admission upon registration, subject to availability