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When the audience arrives, the party is already in full swing: Through the fusion of coupé-décalé and voguing, the trans-gender community infuses both Abidjan's nights and Kaserne Basel's Reithalle with vibrant and electrifying energy. The central figures of Prophétique are resolute and radiant figures, bridging the gap between dreams and the realities of the Ivorian capital. Hairdressers by day at the large market in Yopougon, dance floor queens by night in a queer parallel society - they are divas, both hidden and visible. Nadia Beugré, a luminary in the innovative African dance and performance scene, collaborated with the trans-community in Abidjan to create a work that has drawn rave reviews from audiences at European festivals in Brussels, Berlin and Montpellier. So be sure not to miss it!

In collaboration with Culturescapes 2023 Sahara.

Duration: 70 minutes

Q&A after the performance on 21.11.


Nadia Beugré grew up in Abidjan. She took her first steps in traditional dance in 1995 at the Dante Théâtre. She performs all over the world with the Tché-Tché company. At Béatrice Kombé's side, Nadia Beugré understands that the stage is a "tatami", a ring on which anything can happen. After Béatrice Kombé's death, Nadia took part in the Outillages Chorégraphiques training at the École des Sables and then became part of ex.e.r.ce under the direction of Mathilde Monnier at the Centre Chorégraphique de Montpellier. There she worked on the material for Quartiers Libres, her first solo, which is still part of the company's repertoire. This was followed by Legacy, her first group piece, Tapis Rouge and finally Roukasskass Club. L'Homme rare, a quintet of 100% men, was performed at the Festival Antigel in Geneva, among others. A second decisive encounter marked Nadia Beugré's career: that with Alain Buffard, for whom she performed Mauvais genre and Baron Samedi. For a decade, Nadia Beugré has been digging a unique path through the margins, the exclusion, what lies outside the frame and norms, through shifting identities, whether cultural or social, whether they deal with sexuality or gender. She founded her own company in Montpellier in 2020: Libr'Arts sees itself as a platform for production, dissemination, but also training, offering actions and programmes between France and Côte d'Ivoire. In France, Nadia is associate artist to ICI CCN de Montpellier Occitanie and La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne.


Artistic Direction

Nadia Beugré


Jean-Christophe Lanquetin


Design Anthony Merlaud

Light Management

Carol Oliveira


Beyoncé Canel, Jhaya Caupenne, Taylor Dear, Acauã El Bandide Shereya, Kevin Kero


Christian Romain Kossa

External eye

Nadim Bahsoun, Adonis Nébié


Libr'Arts / Virginie Dupray, assisted by Assia Draoui


Kunstenfestivaldesarts Théâtre Le Rideau Bruxelles, Points Communs Cergy Pontoise, Montpellier Danse, Les Spectacle vivants - Centre Pompidou Paris, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Culturescapes 2023 Sahara, ICI - Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Occitanie / direction : Christian Rizzo in the framework of the Accueil-Studio programme, Culturescapes 2023 Sahara, La place de la danse CDCN Toulouse Occitanie, théâtre Garonne scène européenne - Toulouse, Fonds Transfabrik - Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Spielart Theaterfestival Munich, Theater Freiburg, Africa Moment.

With the support of

DRAC Occitanie - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.