For her third participation in the Aire de Jeu festival, Maud Le Pladec has chosen to take up the invitation from Les Subsistances by inviting the performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili to co-write a project.
Hunted is an incantatory project, a melody in which the American performer Okwui Okpokwasili handles words, texts, songs, bodies and the music of Kalevi Aho. Invoking here the figures of witches, both inspired by the mythical characters of Medea, the witches of Mac Beth, Mary Wigman, Valeska Gert, Tatsumi Hijikata, or even the agitators such as Nanny, the members of the collective W.I.T.C.H. (…). Hunted introduces a hybrid form between ritual storytelling “neo-paganist”. Okwui Okpokwasili embodies a vocabulary rooted in folklore and political speech. A presence between reality and superstition that is part of Kalevi Aho’s music.
Hunted was inspired by Anna Colin’s book “Sorcières pourchassées, assumées, puissantes, queer”, which was part of the project “Plus ou moins sorcières”, a series of exhibitions, projections, performances and conferences presented in 2012 at the Maison Populaire de Montreuil.
Photo: Caroline Ablain