Nadia Beugré returns to Abidjan to explore the dreams, the ruins, the movements and the energies of her city.


Nadia Beugré (Montpellier/Abidjan)  

05 – 06 Jun 2023 | Potsdamer Tanztage 2023Dance / performance

In the working-class Abobo neighbourhood of Abidjan, Aya's quick movements earned her the nickname "La Chinoise", while Christelle's corpulence has made her "Gros Camion", a moniker she adopts with irresistible charisma. From urban African dances like coupé-décalé and roukasskass to acrobatic figures, they have appropriated a space traditionally reserved for men to assert their sexuality, own their space, and deconstruct the femininity assigned to them. Nadia Beugré recognises herself in them: Through dance, these two generations of women share their relationship to their city as well as their position as a woman in Ivorian society. She keeps the fire of these "petroleum girls" burning, which must not be allowed to fizzle out. After Quartiers Libres in 2021, Nadia Beugré is back in Potsdam with a new piece dedicated to the next generation of Ivorian women.

Afterwards on both days: talk with the artists


Price info Ticket

Advance booking: 16 € / reduced 8 €
Box office: 17 € / reduced 8 €

Advance tickets (except festival pass) are valid as a ticket for public transportation for one person for the Berlin ABC area (Berlin/Potsdam) two hours before the start of the event and until 3:00 a.m. the following day.



Artistic direction: Nadia Beugré
Assistent: Christian Romain Kossa
Performance: Anoura Aya Larissa Labarest, Christelle Ehoué
Light: Beatriz Kaysel
Production: Libr’Arts / Virginie Dupray
Co-production: La Briqueterie CDCN-du-Val-de-Marne, Le Théâtre de Rungis, Théâtre Molière Sète Scène nationale Archipel de Thau, CCN2 Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, ICI CCN de Montpellier Occitanie / Direktion Christian Rizzo
Supported by: Goethe Institut Abidjan and DRAC Occitanie - French Ministry of Culture and Communication
Photographs: BlackIcône – Malan Ange Gael
With the kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture / DGCA
Many thanks to T-Werk
Duration: 45 minutes