ON THIS SIDE
7pm – Surtitled in English on July 12th
Running time 55min | Salle 1 | Advised for an audience of 14yo and overFull price : 20€ – Reduced rate : 14€
In this introspective monologue, writer and director Dieudonné Niangouna questions theatre, exile, and his place as an artist caught between two worlds.
Photo © Sean Hart
Dido lurks in the depths of his bar, of his exile, and his ruined theatre. He debates frankly with his ghosts on issues of legitimacy, giving way or taking your place, on the art of bringing misunderstandings into the open, putting the ball back into play, and, of course, looking at things de ce côté…, from this other side, from his side. Time unravels in the café-theatre, memories bleed, characters have the strange habit of speaking before introducing themselves. These are the words of an actor. An actor inhabited by characters who require him to return to the stage to deliver them up to the world and express his turmoil with absolute truthfulness. The words of an exiled actor. Dido left his country mid-performance following a terrorist bomb attack. No one has ever truly identified those reponsible. Even so, Dido was named public enemy. His speeches against the ruling regime and his support of activist theatre meant that he had no choice but to go, leaving his audience in agony and his family in distress. His guilt haunts him relentlessly. His demons followed him into exile, even forcing him to leave the stage. Meanwhile African activists harass him constantly in the name of the values of black communitarianism. Clashes and tumults between old brothers-in-theatre accompany interminable evenings in the bar he bought on credit to peddle repeated stand-up shows. Until one day a director knocks on his door and offers him the leading role in his next show. It is a dream opportunity for Dido to confront his demons, bury his dead, and return to the stage with a new vision for activist theatre.
Writing, directing and acting Dieudonné Niangouna
Lighting designer and stage manager Laurent Vergnaud
Video designer Sean Hart
Production Compagnie Les Bruits de la Rue
Coproduction Théâtre des 13 vents - Centre dramatique national (Montpellier)
Partners and suppports DRAC Île-de-FranceLes Bruits de la Rue is established in Region Île-de-France.
Les Bruits de la Rue
Dieudonné Niangouna and his brother Criss founded their company, Les Bruits de la Rue, in Brazzaville in 1997. Dieudonné Niangouna performed his first dramatic texts in the streets and markets of Kinshasa, the Congolese capital.
Les Bruits de la Rue first appeared in France in 2002 performing Carré blanc at the TILF in Paris, and then at Les Francophonies in Limousin, Limoges.
The Festival d’Avignon showcased the work of Les Bruits de la Rue and its artistic director, bringing them to ever-more audiences, by inviting them to perform Attitude clando in 2007, Les Inepties volantes in 2009, and Shéda, at la Carrière de Boulbon (Boulbon Quarry) in 2018.
The creation of Socle des Vertiges in 2011 marked a turning point in the company’s history and saw the show tour extensively in France and abroad (Europe, Africa and South America).
In 2016, Nkenguégi was performed at the Vidy-Lausanne theatre and at the MC93 — Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis for the Festival d’Automne; and then at Mousonturm in Frankfurt and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam.
In 2017, Antoine m’a vendu son destin / Sony chez les chiens was created and performed at Bonlieu Annecy and then La Coline - théâtre national.
In 2019, Dieudonné Niangouna created Trust / Shakespeare / Alléluia at the MC93 — Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, the Théâtre des Quartiers in Ivry, and the Mousonturm in Frankfurt.
In 2021, he created the show De ce côté, which toured extensively in France and abroad (Europe and Africa).
The latest new production by Les Bruits de la Rue is Portrait Désir, created in November 2023 at the MC93.
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