Le Récit intime de Fanta Kaba
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Le Récit intime de Fanta Kaba is an exhibition of work that grew out of a collaboration with the choreographer Kettly Noël as she developed her new solo Je m’appelle Fanta Kaba. The exhibition includes images taken at various stages in the six-month creative process – from the early exploratory workshops in Bamako with the designer Sahar Freemantle, to a residency at Le Quartz in Brest, and the final rehearsals and world premiere performances in Annecy.
I was interested in tracing my own visual narrative through the development of the piece, exploring ideas that emerged and re-emerged during our collaboration. At the same time my images provided Kettly Noël with a different visual and emotional perspective on her work, serving a new purpose as a kind of visual dramaturgy. The exhibition was shown during the 2011 festival Dense Bamako Danse in Bamako, both as an outdoor installation at Donko Seko, (the contemporary dance centre run by Kettly Noël), and at Bla Bla Club in Badalabougou, one of Bamako’s landmark bars and gallery spaces.
Je m’appelle Fanta Kaba “I knew the name before I knew the woman; her name alone, Fanta Kaba, evokes a story in itself – a carnal story, a woman’s experience, a fantasy, relationships with men, money, prostitution and the dead of night. To dare to inhabit this woman’s life, to expose oneself, in order to go beyond one’s own limits. Je m’appelle Fanta Kaba explores a disturbing moment between reality and the imagination. Bodies are confused, between the woman and the dancer, the dancer and the performer, the performer and the character, the character and the transformation, the transformation and the performance”. Kettly Noël