FITIAVANA (previously Esperanto) is a solo choreographed and interpreted by Gwen Rakotovao. Hailing from Madagascar, and growing up in France, Gwen approaches the diversity of cultures in her work. Gwen’s inspiration for Fitiavana came from her personal experience: to grow up in a multicultural environment. In Fitiavana, The author mixes her both cultures French and Malagasy, she plays with them, separates them, creates links. Fitiavana investigates how to move forward when the words, the traditions and the cultural codes we share keep dividing us. It carries a message of hope that one day the conflicts will diminish to let space for peace. It is a dance in quest of tolerance and togetherness.
Premiere: September 30th 2017, Goethe Institut, Antananarivo, Madagascar. -- January 30th 2018, Trianon, Sotteville-Lès-Rouen February 16th 2018, TPAM, Bukatsudo, Yokohama February 21st 2018, FRINGE MANILA, Alliance française, Manila april 4th 2018 Me Ya Be Festival, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo