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Creation 2018


Hymen hymne is a choreographic and musical piece for 5 performers, based on my desire to keep on embodying marginal, hybrid figures.

Beyond witchcraft, this project calls the witch as a potential, a social construction. The witch as the one who is qualified, or self-proclamed, the one who is banished or chooses to live at the margin, the one who is deviant, dangerous, the one who takes care of the dark, and re-appropriate its body to hex the established order.

Inspired by the ecofeminist movement born at the end of the 70's in the USA, and by the resurgence of the figure of the witch as a symbol of subversion, Hymen hymne will be a form of talking, dancing, singing piece, at the intersection of documentary work and magic ritual.


  • Conception | Nina Santes
  • Making | Soa de Muse, Nanyadji Ka-Gara, Nina Santes, Betty Tchomanga, Lise Vermot, and Lynda Rahal
  • Light design | Annie Leuridan
  • Vocal coaching | Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias, Olivier Normand
  • Artistic collaborator | Lynda Rahal
  • Documentary research | In collaboration with Camille Ducellier
  • Duration 50 mn
  • Production | La Fronde
  • Coproduction | Le Phare/Centre chorégraphique national du Havre Haute Normandie, Le Musée de la Danse/Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes, CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, CCNO/Centre chorégraphique national d'Orléans, Fonds de dotation du Quartz-Scène nationale de Brest
  • Support | Théâtre des Brigittines, Bruxelles


  • 24 january 2018
    Premiere at the Festival Pharenheit, Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre en Haute Normandie (France)
  • 6 to 10 february 2018
    ADC Genève, Festival Antigel (Switzerland)
  • 15 to 17 february 2018
    CDC Atelier de Paris - Carolyn Carlson, Paris - Vincennes (France)
  • 14 to 17 mars 2018
    Festival DañsFabrik, Le Quartz, Scène Nationale de Brest (France)
  • 1st February 2019
    Festival Parallèle, Marseille (France)
  • 7th and 8th March 2019
    Soirées Performances, Scène Nationale d'Orléans (France)
  • 15th to 18th April 2019
    Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris (France)
  • 27th July 2019
    Kilowatt Festival, Sansepolcro (Italy)
  • 29th and 30th August 2019
    Theater Spektakel Festival, Zurich (Switzerland)
  • 15th and 16th November 2019
    Le Manège, Scène Nationale de Reims (France)
  • Juin 2020 POST-PONED TO JUNE 2021
    Festival Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille (France)
  • 8th October 2020
    Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble (France)

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