Company Rary

About Company Rary

Based in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city since 1998, Compagnie Rary includes 10 permanent members: seven dancers, two musicians, and a dancer/choreographer Ariry Andriamoratsiresy. The company manages to ply its trade thanks to the school of dance, which they manage in Antananarivo. The school provides programs for 70 and 80 pupils, including children and adults.

Compagnie Rary tours regularly: France, Spain; Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf), Portugal, Denmark (Copenhagen), The Netherlands (Amsterdam), Austria (Vienna); Italy, France (Lille) for school workshops and performance programs. The company has also toured throughout West and East Africa.

Compagnie Rary has also gained critical acclaim. In 2001, they won second place at Sanga II: African and Indian Ocean Choreographic Competition, a pan-African dance festival held in Madagascar. In 2002, the company received the Prix RFI Danse, an award presented by Radio France Internationale to promote African creativity, especially contemporary dance, at the international level.

Ariry Andriamoatsiresy
ARIRY ANDRIAMORATSIRESY (choreographer) is of Madagascan origin. He began studying dance with Raúl Olivera and a troupe of Cubans dancers, which the Madagascan government brought in to instruct teenagers. He later studied dance at L’École Normale Superieur in Madagascar. There he became adept in a variety of movements, including martial arts. After university, he ran studio classes and then later formed his own company, Compagnie Rary with which he now tours.


Ariry Andriamoratsiresy (choreographer) was inspired to create “Mpirahalahy Miania [Several Make One]” by a Malagasy proverb which literally means “Two brothers go hunting,” a variation on the American saying “Two heads are better than one.” The proverb suggests that in order to be successful, people must remain united.

In the show, this idea of unity is put to dance as people go hunting but stick together. Divided into four parts, the work is staged around a wooden structure that represents a door, a bed, a double-decker bus and, finally, a boat. The structure represents today's world on an organizational and spiritual level with its cubic, square and rectangular forms. The difficulty lies in adopting the human being's roundness. In each part of the show, the movements change, adapting to the rectangular structure, and following the live music played by Linda Volahasiniaina who sits on a corner of the stage.
The movement of the dance combines traditional Malagasy dance, which is imitative of animals and animal life, with Indian and global dance.

Ariry Andriamoratsiresy reflects: “A traditional dancer, I am not, never was, and I will also never be, but my inspiration feeds itself from the tradition. A goal of the company is to express the personality of our island without suppressing the influences and developments of the modern world. Madagascar’s culture is syncretic as many different African and Asiatic influences are connected here. And this vital exchange continues today. In Several Make One, elements of a global pop culture, T’ai Chi, and Indian dance traditions can be seen in addition to African influences.”

Mpirahalahy Mianla (Several Make One)

Ariry Andriamoratsiresy

Ariry Andriamoratsiresy
Harimalala Angela Rakotoarisoa
Lovatiana Erica Rakotobe
Rijamalala Harivony Rakotoarimanana
Zoë J. Randrianjanaka Dinampitia
Alain Michel Randriamiasa

company manager
Zoë J. Randrianjanaka Dinampitia

Linda Angelica Volahasiniaina

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