Created June 26 & 27, 2009, Studio Bagouet, Montpellier, the Montpellier Dance Festival

Choreography Héla Fattoumi/Éric Lamoureux
Performed by Héla Fattoumi
Sound and video design Éric Lamoureux
Sound engineer Philippe Petit ou Denis Dupuis
Costume Marilyne Lafay
Set design Stéphane Pauvret
Lighting design Xavier Lazarini
Lighting technician Jérôme Houlès ou Cyrille Floquet
Set construction Jackie Baux
Asssistant Pauline Le Boulba

Production Centre Chorégraphique de Caen/ Basse-Normandie (CCNC/BN)
Coproduction Festival Montpellier Danse 2009, LiFE – Lieu international des Formes Émergentes de Saint Nazaire

This work received the label “national event” under the auspices of the fiftieth anniversary of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

November 7th 2017 – Le Granit, Scène nationale de Belfort.

MANTA

A solo performed by Héla Fattoumi and co-created with Éric Lamoureux, MANTA offers a point of view on one of most compelling questions being asked in French society today, the wearing of the Muslim veil.

Choosing a radical position, the two choreographers chose to work with the experience of wearing the niqab (which covers the face except for the eyes — as well as the body). Using interspersed sections of pulsating rhythms, the sequences of this new work, which premiered at the 2009 Montpellier Dance Festival, highlight and translate with immense clarity the suffocating of the female body. The tension ranges between the intimate and the universal and is absolutely palpable for the spectator.

Treating the fabric as a true diktat imposed by religion and men, Héla Fattoumi, an emancipated dancer of Tunisian origins, frees herself from that fabric, leaving space for the urgent, resounding expression of a free voice and body.

Created June 26 & 27, 2009, Studio Bagouet, Montpellier, the Montpellier Dance Festival

Choreography Héla Fattoumi/Éric Lamoureux
Performed by Héla Fattoumi
Sound and video design Éric Lamoureux
Sound engineer Philippe Petit ou Denis Dupuis
Costume Marilyne Lafay
Set design Stéphane Pauvret
Lighting design Xavier Lazarini
Lighting technician Jérôme Houlès ou Cyrille Floquet
Set construction Jackie Baux
Asssistant Pauline Le Boulba

Production Centre Chorégraphique de Caen/ Basse-Normandie (CCNC/BN)
Coproduction Festival Montpellier Danse 2009, LiFE – Lieu international des Formes Émergentes de Saint Nazaire

This work received the label “national event” under the auspices of the fiftieth anniversary of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

November 7th 2017 – Le Granit, Scène nationale de Belfort.