Baryshnikov Arts Center

Past Artist
Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Dorothée Munyaneza

Choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza (Marseille, France), originally from Rwanda and of British nationality, will develop Unwanted, drawing from the diversity of her cultural heritage, testimonies of Rwandan and Syrian women and children, and American literature to create "a choreography of dignity." She is collaborating with musician Holland Andrews.

BAC Space Resident Artist

Artist Bio
Dorothée Munyaneza

Dorothée Munyaneza

Dorothée Munyaneza is originally from Rwanda where she spent her childhood, of British nationality, and currently lives in Marseille, France. Her artistic career led her to take part in various musical projects, and to perform for several choreographers.

Since 2013, Munyaneza has been developing her own work on the contemporary performing scene. After completing her musical studies at the Jonas Foundation in London and then in social sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, Munyaneza took part on the AfroCelt Sound System’s Anatomic album, and composed and sang part of the original soundtrack of the film Hotel Rwanda. In 2010, Munyaneza’s first solo album produced by Martin Russell was released. Munyaneza collaborated with English composer James Brett on the Earth Songs album, released in December 2012.

Upon meeting François Verret in 2006, Munyaneza entered the contemporary dance scene and performed in four of his productions: Sans Retour, Ice, Cabaret, and Do You Remember, No I Don’t. Since then, Munyaneza has worked with artists and choreographers such as Nan Goldin, Mark-Tompkins, Robyn Orlin, Alain Buffard, Rachid Ouramdane, Maud Le Pladec.

She develops other personal projects that mix genres and disciplines: dance and folkblues on Woody Guthrie’s texts with Seb Martel and Catman; dance, poetry and experimental music with Alain Mahé, Jean-François Pauvros, and Ko Murobushi; experimenting with in-situ performances at the Centre Pompidou, Paris with Alain Mahé and in the frame of the collections of the MuCEM in Marseille.

In 2013, Munyaneza founded the company Kadidi, with which she created Samedi Détente in November 2014, at the Théâtre de Nîmes. After nearly 100 shows in France, Europe, USA, and Rwanda, the show will be presented at Paris Théâtre de la Ville in April 2017. Unwanted is her second piece as choreographer and will premier in Summer 2017.

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