by Dorothée Munyaneza

September 26 & 27 at 8 pm
Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street
Duration: 80 minutes, no intermission
Performed in English (with excerpts in French)

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Photo of Dorothée Munyaneza by Richard Schroeder

How can we express the physical and mental repercussions of rape used as an instrument of war? The choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza set off in search of those women who had been subjected to mistreatment during the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. In Unwanted, she confronts us with pain and anguish that has been perpetuated by conflicts of war.

Between April and July 1994, as massacres took hold in Rwanda, between 100,000 and 250,000 women were raped. This intrusion into their most intimate selves is a scar that these women carry with them today. Often rejected by their communities, some women have given birth to the children — now adults — of their aggressors. After leaving Rwanda for Great Britain during adolescence, Dorothée Munyaneza returned to her native land in order to meet mothers and children alike. Drawing on their experiences and with the continued existence of this violence in mind, the author-performer and choreographer embarked on a search for an artistic means to respond to this suffering. The result is a piece which centers on the female body itself, irrespective of race or class.

After performing in productions by Rachid Ouramdane and Robyn Orlin among others, Dorothée Munyaneza is now based in Marseille. Her previous work, entitled Samedi Détente, marked her first foray into the theme of the Tutsi genocide. Unwanted, her second work, is her collaboration with South African visual artist Bruce Clarke, composer Alain Mahé, and Afro-American musician Holland Andrews. Mixing dance with songs and text, those artists will be joining Munyaneza onstage in order to give voice to these women and to their fractured lives and much-overlooked dignity.


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Devised and choreographed by: Dorothée Munyaneza
With, Holland Andrews, Alain Mahé and Dorothée Munyaneza
Artistic advice: Faustin Linyekula
Stage: Vincent Gadras
Art design: Bruce Clarke
Lighting: Christian Dubet
Music: Holland Andrews, Alain Mahé, and Dorothée Munyaneza
Costumes: Stéphanie Coudert
Stage management: Marion Piry
Production, administration, and distribution: Emmanuel Magis & Clémence Pierre
Production Compagnie Kadidi, Anahi

Co-production: Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de Nîmes – scène conventionnée pour la danse contemporaine, Le Liberté – Scène Nationale de Toulon, Pôle Arts de la scène – Friche la Belle de Mai, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lez-Avignon – Centre national des écritures du spectacle, Musée de la Danse – Rennes, Théâtre Garonne – scène européenne – Toulouse, MCB Maison de la Culture de Bourges Scène nationale, Bois de l’Aune – Aix en Provence, BIT Teatergarasjen-Bergen, Pôle Sud – Centre de développement chorégraphique de Strasbourg, L’échangeur CDC Hauts de France, Escales danse en Val d’Oise, Théâtre de St Quentin-en-Yvelines, Scène nationale,  Théâtre du fil de l’eau – ville de Pantin,  Théâtre Forum Meyrin, Genève, Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Festival d’Automne à Paris.

With the support of DRAC PACA – ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, de la Région PACA, d’Arcadi Ile-de-France, du Fonds de dotation du Quartz –Brest, du Creative Exchange Lab du Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, de l’Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium/USA, du Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY, du CICR – Comité International de la Croix-Rouge, de l’ADAMI,  Fonds SACD musique de scène et Fonds SACD Théâtre.

With the help of Montevideo – Marseille. La compagnie Kadidi bénéficie du soutien de l’Institut français pour ses tournées à l’étranger.


Lewis Center for the Arts

Department of French and Italian
Council of the Humanities
Department of African American Studies

Festival d’Avignon
The Paris Autumn Festival
Anahi Production
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Institut français

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Council of the Humanities
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Institut Français
  • Department of African American Studies
  • Department of French and Italian
  • L’Avant-Scène
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies