An all-female dance troupe from Africa's Côte d'Ivoire, Compagnie TchéTché was founded by Béatrice Kombé in 1997 to "show that woman is not the weaker gender." Nearly 10 years later, the company has emerged as a valiant symbol of female energy, passion, and strength. Its name meaning "eagle," TchéTché reconfigures notions of African womanhood through a signature style of dancing at the edge of physical danger, juxtaposed with arresting stillness.
For its Kennedy Center debut, the company performs Kombé's evening-length Dimi, which translates as "Pain." The production brings together the choreographer, three other dancers, live musicians, and an original score to probe the inner conflicts of contemporary African women. As they endeavor to empty their bodies of suffering by embracing and soothing each other, crying and laughing, breaking away and returning, the dancers create an intensely physical spectacle of movement that celebrates female solidarity.
"Astounding physical daring… stunning"
--The New York Times
"The dance becomes as aggressive as it is beautiful."
Performance Plus: On Nov. 3, join a free post-performance discussion with members of the company.
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