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Dorothée Munyaneza

Born in Rwanda, British singer, writer and choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza now lives in Marseille. She has developed a highly impassioned body of work that takes reality as its starting point and captures aspects of memory and the body, both from an individual and collective standpoint. She gives a voice to those who are silenced; by making their silence heard, she lays bare the scars of History.

Dorothée Munyaneza left Kigali with her family at the age of 12 in 1994 and moved to the UK. She studied music at the Jonas Foundation in London and social sciences at the University of Canterbury before moving to France. In 2004 she wrote and performed the soundtrack for Terry George’s film Hotel Rwanda, and in 2005 performed on the album Anatomic by Afro Celt Sound System. In 2010 she released her first solo album, recorded with the producer Martin Russell, and in 2012 she worked on the album Earth Songs by the composer James Brett. She establishes a dialogue between music and other means of expression, for example combining Afro-folk, dance and texts by Woody Guthrie when working with the guitarist Seb Martel, or mixing dance, poetry and experimental music with the musician Jean-François Pauvros, the choreographer Ko Murobushi and the composer Alain Mahé. Also with Alain Mahé she has worked on in situ performances at the Pompidou Centre and at the Mucem, as well as creating original choreographic pieces. In 2006 she met François Verret and performed in Sans Retour, Ice, Cabaret and Do you remember, no I don’t. Since then, Dorothée Munyaneza has worked on the international dance scene with Nan Goldin, Mark Tompkins, Robyn Orlin, Rachid Ouramdane, Maud Le Pladec and Alain Buffard. In 2013 she founded her own company, Kadidi, and presented Samedi Détente in November 2014 at the Théâtre de Nîmes. The show then toured extensively, with some 100 performances in France and abroad. Unwanted, her second show, will be performed for the first time in the summer of 2017.