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NITIATION is the action of beginning something. The solo piece begins in a quiet atmosphere where the narrator initiates the audience to her reality. In a world where human and natural disasters constantly happen, the human beings are challenged to adjust and push the limits.

In our society, the concept of success often represents the running for gold and the loss of moral values. Despite all, some people fight diseases and are lead to healing. Some others cross borders with the hope to find a better life. This quest of success creates stories and encourages human beings to journey on…

INITIATION aims to lead the audience to a mysterious journey. A "voyage" which may initiate them to a change.

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In L’Amour. La liberté.  Gwen Rakotovao, explores the connection between cultures and human beings with a message of hope that one day this connection will allow the gaps between generations, genders, judgments and individuals to heal.

Rakotovao’s energetic, yet soothing and calming unique vision uses different movements from various styles and cultures. Mixed with music in collaboration with the Leeds College of Music, L’Amour. La liberté. expresses a fresh insight in what is happening now in our society.

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Esperanto is the second solo choreographed and danced by Gwen Rakotovao.
Hailing from Madagascar, Gwen’s inspiration for Esperanto come from her personal experience. To be born in France and to grow up in a multicultural environment gave her a sense of contradictions between two cultures. With Esperanto, she mixes the French and Malagasy cultures she carries, she plays with them, separate them, bond them. Esperanto is a dance in quest of unity, tolerance and peace.



Since 2011, the Gwen Rakotovao Company produced performances and videos for theaters and dance festivals. The performance history includes Movement Research (open performance), Dixon Place, Triskellion Arts, GoWanus Art, Greenspace etc...