La visite – Wanjiru Kamuyu by Wanjiru Kamuyu / Tommy Pascal

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 presents

La visite – Wanjiru Kamuyu

by Wanjiru Kamuyu / Tommy Pascal

Country: France | Running Time: 10 |Language: Non-Verbal / Silent  | Year Of Inception: 2020

About La visite – Wanjiru Kamuyu

Confronted by the 2020 health crisis rendering performances impossible, The National
Historical Museum of Immigration, in partnership with Théâtre de la Ville in Paris,
commissioned dance film La visite. The film generates a dialogue between elements of
performer Wanjiru Kamuyu’s solo An Immigrant’s Story and the Palais de la Porte Dorée
in Paris.

The building, originally constructed for the colonial exhibition in 1931, first served as a
museum of colonialism. After undergoing several years of transformation, it now houses
the National Historical Museum of Immigration. Through dance and image, performed and
captured in this space, La visite echoes the colonial heritage and contemporary revolts that
are rooted in such a history.

The dance theater work An Immigrant’s Story follows Wanjiru Kamuyu through a personal
migration journey, from Kenya to France, via the USA, interweaving a collection of multiple
migration stories while reflecting upon the ideas of displacement and otherness. Currently
touring in Europe.

Dramaturgy & production management | Dirk Korell
Original music | LACRYMOBOY
Costume Design | Birgit Neppl
Delegated production | camin aktion
Direction & editing | Tommy Pascal
Sound recording | Julien Ravel
Electrician | Sébastien Roman
Calibration | Nicolas Perre

Thanks to Villa Albertine in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States

About Wanjiru Kamuyu / Tommy Pascal

Wanjiru Kamuyu, born in Nairobi, Kenya, studied at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA and started her career in New York to then settle in Paris in 2007. Her choreography questions the notions of place, belonging and otherness. A cosmopolitan on three continents – Africa, North America and Europe – she risks being considered an immigrant wherever she decides to set up home. Her dance, a migratory map of encounters, starts with ballet, studied during her childhood in Kenya, moving into contemporary dance in the USA. Enfolded into this journey are dances from the African continent and diaspora as well as butô. Kamuyu’s body is a constantly shifting map.

Tommy Pascal is a filmmaker specializing in dance and music. After being a dancer for eighteen years in large contemporary ballet companies such as Béjart Ballet Lausanne and Ballet Prelijocaj, he turned toward filmmaking in order to capture the expression of the body in movement. His knowledge of dance and his understanding of rhythm offers a real energy to the image and gives spectators a sensory experience through the screen. Now a known name in the field, Pascal collaborates with major choreographers like Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Olivier Dubois, Alexander Ekman, Angelin Preljocaj or Sol León & Paul Lightfoot.

About The Festival

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. The 7th annual festival will focus on work for the screen created by theatre artists during the Time of Corona. The festival will be held digitally from March 1st – 15th 2022.

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