Dorothée Munyaneza, Kae Tempest

Inconditionnelles

Theatre
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
novembernov 20 - december – dec 20

Creation 2024

1h30

Prices € 8 to € 36
Subscribers € 8 to € 28

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Wednesday november 20

20h00

Thursday november 21

20h00

Friday november 22

20h00

Saturday november 23

20h00

Sunday november 24

16h00

Tuesday november 26

20h00

Wednesday november 27

20h00

Thursday november 28

20h00

Friday november 29

20h00

Saturday november 30

15h30

Saturday november 30

20h00

Sunday december 1

16h00

Text Kae Tempest. Music Dan Carey. Translation and direction Dorothée Munyaneza. Musical collaboration Ben LaMar Gay. Set and lighting design Camille Duchemin. Costumes Lila John. Artistic coordinator Virginie Dupray. Assistant director Lisa Como. With Sondos Belhassen, Bwanga Pilipili, Davide-Christelle Sanvee, Grace Seri. Sets and costumes made by the workshops of the TNS - Théâtre national de Strasbourg. 

Production Centre International de Créations Théâtrales – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Coproduction TNS – Théâtre national de Strasbourg ; Théâtre de Namur ; La Muse en Circuit – Centre national de création musicale ; L’Arc – Scène nationale Le Creusot ; Festival d’Automne à Paris 
With the support of the Cercle de l’Athénée and Les Bouffes du Nord
Hopelessly Devoted by Kae Tempest, translated by Dorothée Munyaneza, is published and represented by L’ARCHE – Éditeur & Agence théâtrale (www.arche-editeur.com)

The Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and the Festival d’Automne à Paris are co-producers of this show.

For this new performance, titled Inconditionnelles singer, author, and choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza stages her French translation of Kae Tempest’s fervent play, Hopelessly Devoted (2015). Inconditionnelles explores the interstices where love and connection abound. 

Chess is in prison facing a lengthy sentence for homicide. There, she meets her soulmate, Serena. When Serena is granted parole, Chess fears losing everything. She begrudgingly participates in a music class taught by Silver, a producer seeking renewed meaning in art. Silver discovers Chess’ resounding voice and becomes her committed advocate. While this encounter might offer hope where Chess has never known it before, she must first face her past to harness her talent. Inconditionnelles marks Dorothée Munyaneza’s first staging of a play, bringing to life her translation of Kae Tempest’s original text and lyrics into French. It is through music that stories of love are grounded, bolstered, and lost in Inconditionnelles. It is therefore through music that Dorothée Munyaneza, in close collaboration with Ben LaMar Gay, seeks to build upon the play’s existing framework so as to explore the protagonists’ inner lives. Indeed, sound seeps and slips between prison bars, acting as a reminder both of the carceral institution and of the world that lies beyond. For this adaptation, Dorothée Munyaneza conceives a unique space in which music and dance boldly blur boundaries, moving characters and audiences alike to feel — wholeheartedly.