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Compagnie TchéTché is an all-female dance troupe from Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Founded by Beatrice Kombe in 1997 to show that woman is not the weaker gender, TchéTché has emerged as a valiant symbol of the power and passion of women. The Company's signature style is powerhouse dancing at the edge of physical danger juxtaposed with intense and arresting stillness. Through dance, the Company reconfigures notions of subservient African womanhood into an emphatic reclaiming of power and purpose.
In Dimi (Women's Sorrow), artistic director Beatrice Kombe explores the complexities of contemporary African women. The work features four dancers accompanied by live musicians playing the Fulani flute and keyboards. Dimi deals with the inner conflicts of a generation familiar with social injustice, repressive morality, and patriarchal structures. Each dancer brings to the stage her own experiences and provides a glimpse of the struggles each has endured as women growing up in an unstable urban environment. Audiences witness the complex meetings between individuals with all their longings, aversions and enmities as well as their intimacy and solidarity. Kombe draws from deeply felt and experienced sources of pain and courage to create hurtling physicality that touches both women and men alike.
The Fall 2006 tour was produced by MultiArts Projects & Productions through the Africa Consortium, and toured to The John F. Kennedy Center (Washington, DC); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH); Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN); Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT); VSA Arts of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM); World Theatre (Monterrey, CA); Seattle Theatre Group (Seattle, WA); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA); and White Bird (Portland, OR).