L’Homme rare

Nadia Beugré (Abidjan/Montpellier)

12 – 13 Jun

Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall


  • Audio description will be available on Thursday 13 June

Content Warning:

  • Contains some scenes involving nudity

Malik Nashad Sharpe will be chairing a post show talk with Nadia Beugre

Nadia Beugré uses innovative choreography to probe and challenge perceptions of gender

The issue of gender has always featured in Nadia Beugré’s work, but in L’Homme rare she tackles it head-on, questioning the attention paid to bodies and the qualities attributed to their movements.

Starting with a game that blurs perceptions of gender, the choreographer places the spectator in the position of a voyeur, inviting the audience to experience her research on our understanding of the body, particularly black and male, in history and today.

The faces of the five dancers are not visible. The choreography is executed solely using their backs, inspired by dance techniques and styles that principally utilise the pelvis. With the insistent use of buttocks, these practices are seen as being more feminine, challenging or even chipping away at a strongly built and assimilated masculinity.

L’Homme rare also acts as a reflection on the history of Europeans’ gaze on black bodies and its persistence today.



" I'm just amazed by what I saw. It was so sensitive, humorous, beautiful, skilful... something you can't see anywhere else."
— - LIFT 2024 Audience Member
"a performative and committed dance show where the excellent team of five dancers surprises us during a whirlwind performance."
— Jacqueline van de Geer, Westmountmag


Kunstenfestivaldesarts, (Brussels), Théâtre de la Ville/Festival d’Automne (Paris), Montpellier Danse 2019/2020 résidence de création à l’Agora, cité internationale de la danse. With support from the BNP Paribas Foundation CCN2, Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans, Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent), Musée de la Danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Théâtre de Nîmes. With support from L’échangeur CDCN Hauts-de France (Studio Libre), Château-Thierry, and DRAC Occitanie – French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Libr’Arts is supported by the DRAC Occitanie.

With additional support from Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Image Credits © Olivier Miche and Ruben-Pioline




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