Robyn Orlin dances in Chaillot

Under the distinguished patronage of François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, Tilder and African Artists for Development organised the opening evening of the South African season in France on Tuesday 28 May at the Théâtre National de Chaillot. Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, and numerous French and South African personalities were present.



The production “Beauty remained for just a moment then returned gently to her starting position” by South African choreographer Robyn Orlin was presented for the first time in Paris.

“Beauty” was performed by the company Moving into Dance Mophatong after its presentation at the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon last October.

Two years ago, Gervanne Leridon, President of African Artists for Development, and Matthias Leridon, Tilder Chairman, challenged Robyn Orlin to create a choreography that builds a positive approach to a continent with largely unknown aspects, while sweeping away unfounded apprehensions and outdated stereotypes.

 “Beauty” was also presented on 30 and 31 May at Ris Orangis at the Robert Desnos Cultural Centre when Tilder and African Artists for Development, facilitated three major free public performances.

The 28 May performance in Chaillot was followed by an illumination of the Eiffel Tower in the colours of the South African flag. South African dancers from Phuzekhemisi performed on the square in front of the Trocadero in front of the Champ-de-Mars.

 The “enfant terrible of South African dance” has therefore opened the South African season in France, a season that will see artistic expression proliferate up until December, with more than 250 theatre and dance performances, 100 concerts and 30 exhibitions, involving more than 800 South African artists.


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