Archive NEXT 2022

A Kiss Without Lips

Anna Gaïotti (France) & vierge noir e (France)

Minimum age 15+
60 minutes

From Ethiopia with love

Anna Gaiotti has made her name with pieces in which text, dance and music but also fiction and reality are mixed. For her latest creation the poet and choreographer did her writing and research into ethnic music forms in the lower valley of Omo in Ethiopia, with the Hamar and Nyangatom tribes.

She immersed herself in the daily life of farmers, women and children, learned the art of forging from the smiths, listened to the silences and the sounds of the bush.

Fed by an ancestral dialect of gestures, sounds and spirituality, the artist – who also performs for Phia Ménard and Tatiana Julien – reflects on the disappearance of an ecosystem. An identity destroyed by a patriarchal culture and a globalized economy which cause an unprecedented climatic and human crisis.

To the rhythm of an electro-acoustic piece composed by vierge noir e, the performers bring together on stage and in their own skin two worlds that seem opposites. They embrace a different reality in order to better reconcile  lands and peoples, the dead and the living.


Performance in collaboration with L'Oiseau-Mouche

Conception, text, choreography: Anna Gaïotti.
Musical composition: vierge noir e (Léo Dupleix, Sigolène Valax, Anna Gaïotti).
With: Nathalie Broizat, Clément De Boever, Silvia Di Rienzo, Léo Dupleix, Anna Gaïotti, Sigolène Valax.
Assistant director: Frédéric Hocké.
Lighting creation and design: Estelle Gautier and Fanny Lacour.
General and stage manager: Baptiste Joxe.
Production: /LOVALOT.
Production and development: Barbara Coffy / Maison Trouble.
Co-productions: La Pop, La Soufflerie, GMEM, La Rose des Vents - Scène Nationale de Villeneuve d'Ascq, NEXT festival.
Hosts: Regard du Cygne, Performing Arts Forum, Halle aux Cuirs Théâtre de la Villette, Tanzhaus Zürich, Ménagerie de Verre, CND Pantin, La Métive, Montévidéo Marseille, Grame, Non Nova.
Support: DRAC Île de France, City of Malakoff.
Acknowledgements to Laura Sellies and Anne-Marie Ridard.