Kettly Noël ir Nelisiwe Xaba, Mali, Haiti, South Africa

Kettly Noël

 People pass by and eyes meet. Friendships arise, loves vanish. Genres are mixed and disrupted. Kettly Noėl draws a portrait of our society today, of a moment, of yesterday. She crosses territories and bodies. Every show is a part of herself, of her questioning, of her life, of her desires. Work on the field and the embracement of many domains enabled Kettly Noėl to focus on a personal trajectory punctuated with critical decisions and calculated risks. To the new encounter another color.


Nelisiwe XABA

Nelisiwe Xaba was born in Soweto (South Africa). She studies at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation. In 1996, she receives a grant for the Ballet Rambert and leaves to study dance in London. After joining the Pact Dance Company in 97, she freelances and work, among others, with Robyn Orlin (“Daddy, I’ve seen this piece six times before and I still don’t know why they hurting each other”, “Life after the credits roll…”…etc.) She also meets visual arts with Rodney Place (“Couch Dancing”) and theatre with Sophie Loucachevsky (“The homosexual or the difficulty of expression”). In 1999, she directs “I Diskie”.

Since 2001, Nelisiwe Xaba has been choreographing her own pieces: “Dazed And Confused”, “Talent search for new rainbow nation dance company”, “No String Attached 1”, “No String Attached 2” “Be My Wife (BMW)”, and her last creations “Plasticization” and “They look at me and that’s all they think”, which are currently touring.



They met through a friend in Johannesburg. A year later, they decided to create a piece together. They met again briefly in Port Elisabeth (South Africa) and got to know each other better. Another meeting in Bamako, then in Bern (Switzerland). After that started a series of correspondences…

9:00 p.m. in Paris, and in Johannesburg. 7:00 p.m. in Bamako. 1:00 p.m. in Port au Prince. Two people – two women – meet after many correspondences. Meeting place: under a lamppost in a modern city, in front of a disco, at the beach, in a room or a closet.

Here they are. Their bodies are here. These girls are here. They have come to tell their stories, to exchange opinions, to laugh, to fight.

A kiss here, a blow there. Women fighting and claiming the world. Tenderness – a sensual caress. An invitation? They meet at last, for some uncertain desire. A moment somewhere, the lapse of a dream, where nothing and everything happens at the same time. These two girls are happy women, gifted by life. They are in love with… enemies of… idols of…

But who are these women?

Choreography and interpretation: Kettly Noėl et Nelisiwe Xaba
Scenography and costumes: Joėl Andrianomearisoa
Lighting design: Gilles Gentner
Video: Frédéric Koening
Music: Jill Scott, Betty Carter, Blossom Dearie, Godspeedyou Black Emperor, Annie Lenox Eurythmics, John Cage, Angedup
Rehearsal: Lydia Carillo
Production: Donko Seko / La Compagnie
Co-produced by: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, programme Afrique en Création de CULTURES FRANCE, Centre Culturel Franēais de Bamako, Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle de l’Ambassade de France au Mali, Institut Franēais d’Afrique du Sud (IFAS), Ambassade de France en Afrique du Sud (Johannesburg), Les Francophonies en Limousin Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen-Basse Normandie.
Residencies and support: Schlachthaus Theater (Berne), Centre Culturel Franēais (Bamako), CCN Ballet Preljocaj le Pavillon Noir (Aix en Provence), CCN de Caen-Basse Normandie, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint-Denis.
Thanks to: Bénédicte Alliot, Valéry Gaillard
Premier: 2007
Duration: 50 min.