“[…] Daudi wears a headlight and his movements gradually become more dynamic, in the form of powerful leaps and jumps across the stage. Then he starts to talk, in English at first, and later in accomplished German. We hear about the first time he saw snow and why he had to flee Uganda as the situation there grew increasingly dangerous. […] The music consists of African rhythms and the shaky version of ‘Voyage Voyage’ by Austrian singer Anja Plaschg, aka ‘Soap&Skin’. When Daudi dances, he proves to be a hugely talented mover; his urban moves towards the end, especially, are fantastic. The piece creates a very positive atmosphere […]: It was an enriching experience to have got to know [Daudi] like this.”
Neue Presse, 9 September 2017
Germany has been the home of Daudi Jajouth Simba, a young man from Uganda, since 2009. Now, French choreographer Mickaël Phelippeau is putting him in the spotlight. But soon Daudi will be shining lights on others, as he is currently training to become an event technician in Freiburg, where Phelippeau, to whom reality is better than fiction, discovered him. His speciality is creating authentic stage portraits of extraordinary people who carry the fascinating legacy of their experiences in their body. In this piece, Daudi gives insights into his turbulent past, including his journey from Africa to Europe, with words and movements. And so, this encounter with Daudi can be added to the gallery of living portraits that Phelippeau has already shown at the festival, including “Chorus”, “Pour Ethan”, “Avec Anastasia” and now: “Mit Daudi”.
(approx. 50 mins.)
cast & credits
Choreography: Mickaël Phelippeau
With: Daudi Jajouth Simba
Dramaturgy: Anne Kersting, Ann-Christin Görtz
Light design & stage design: Marek Lamprecht
Tour management & Administration:
Fabrik Cassiopée – Isabelle Morel & Manon Crochemore
Production: bi-p association
Co-production: Theater Freiburg / Le Merlan, scène nationale de Marseille / L'échangeur, CDCN Hauts de France
With the support of: Fonds Transfabrik
A Tanzfonds Erbe production, commissioned by Theater Freiburg.
bi-p is supported by DRAC Centre-Val de Loire / ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, by Région Centre-Val de Loire, and by Ville d'Orléans.
This event was made possible with the support of the Institut français and the French Ministry Communication/ DGCA.