What is left to live and move with, when memories, cultures and traditions are all blurred by histories and geographical distance? FITIAVANA (formerly Esperanto) is a solo choreographed and interpreted by Gwen Rakotovao. Hailing from Madagascar, and growing up in France, Gwen brings a diasporic viewpoint in her work. Gwen’s inspiration for FITIAVANA came from her personal experience: to be born and to grow up in a different environment than the land of her ancestor. In FITIAVANA, the author explores the friction and the fusion that occurs when a human being find himself in between two different cultures. The body often expresses the weight or even the joy of it.
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