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Betty Tchomanga

Leçons de ténèbres (sold out)

Dance, performance
Belgian premiere
Duration: 1u20
French spoken, Dutch surtitles



Leçons de Ténèbres refers to a 17th-century Baroque musical genre of the same name, in which the Biblical Lamentations of Jeremiah are rendered with polyphonic singing. The songs usually revolve around mourning for the destroyed city of Jerusalem.

Betty Tchomanga makes her own leçons de ténèbres for NEXT, mourning a contemporary devastation: that of our own Earth.

With the Financial Support of Spectacle vivant en Bretagne

Betty Tchomanga is a performer and a choreographer. She was born in 1989 in France from a Cameroonian father and a French mother. She has a Master’s degree in Modern Literature and attented CNDC in Angers. As a performer, she worked with choreographers with various aesthetics but her collaboration with Marlene Monteiro Freitas was certainly the most striking. Nowadays, she is working on her own pieces. She created a solo called “Mascarades” in 2020 and she is currently working on a new play for 2022 called “Lessons of Darkness”.

Play dates

Choreography : Betty Tchomanga
Performers : Betty Tchomanga, Amparo Gonzalez Sola, Léonard Jean-Baptiste and Zoé Jaffry (alternating with Balkis Mercier Berger)
Creation assistant : Emma Tricard
Lights : Eduardo Abdala
Stage design : Eduardo Abdala, Emilie Godreuil and Betty Tchomanga
Sound : Stéphane Monteiro
Musical collaboration : Mackenzy Bergile, Folly Azaman, Stéphane Monteiro and Betty Tchomanga
Costumes design : Betty Tchomanga in collaboration with Marino Marchand (Beadwork : Love Aziakou, Jacqueline Houessinon)
General and stage management : Emilie Godreuil
Outside view : Dalila Khatir
Vocal work : Dalila Khatir and Viviane Marc
Stage technician : Bruno Roudaut
Recorded voices : Folly Azaman and Fortuné Agossa
Production and touring : Aoza – Marion Cachan
Audiodescription : Valérie Castan
Booklet : Olga Rozenblum
Special thanks to : technical team of Le Quartz, team of Le Centre, Vincent Blouch
Production : Association Lola Gatt
Coproduction : Le Quartz Brest national scene, National Choreographic center of Caen in Normandy in the frame of accueil-studio, Orléans National Choreographic center – Direction by Maud Le Pladec in the frame of accueil-studio, Le Pacifique – CDCN of Grenoble, Theatre of Vanves, Le Triangle – Cité de la danse of Rennes, Coopération Nantes-Rennes-Brest-Rouen – Itinéraires d’Artiste[s], wpZimmer – Antwerp – Belgium, Les Subsistances in Lyon, Be My Guest – International network for emerging practises.
With the support of : Gessnerallee – Zürich – Switzerland, Le Centre – Cotonou – Bénin, Kunstencentrum BUDA – Courtrai – Belgium, Réservoir danse – Rennes, Centre Henri Queffelec – Gouesnou
Sponsor : SARL SICC Saint-André-de-Cubzac
With the financial support of the DRAC Bretagne, the Région Bretagne, the Département of Finistère, the City of Brest, the French Institut and the Caisse des Dépôts.

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