Company TchéTché
(Côte d’Ivoire)

About TchéTché:

Compagnie TchéTché was created in June 1997 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire by Lebri Bridji and Béatrice Kombé Gnapa, two young Ivorian dancers, who shared a common passion for dance. Since 2000, the company has been led by dancer/choreographer Béatrice Kombé Gnapa. This company, exclusively constituted of women, has already left a mark on the local scene with dancers who were trained in traditional ballet, before leaving to join Compagnie TchéTché. Dynamic and interdependent, they embody an urban youth eager for discovery and change.

In the Bété language, (the Bété are an ethnic group from the western Côte d’Ivoire), TchéTché means eagle, the symbol of power, glory and domination. That strong symbol gives this young, ambitious company its energy, and the desire to fly high in the clear sky of contemporary choreographic creation.

The western region of Côte d’Ivoire is rich in dance traditions. Among the most popular dances are the Teammate of Facoby, homage to the spirits given by young women to ask for an abundant rice harvest; the Gouessesso and Danane stilt dances (choreographic imagination and gymnastic dexterity from young masked dancers on 3 meter-high stilts); and the Zoua (a collective gesture of gratitude from the young towards the benevolent gods). Since 1999, Compagnie TchéTché has extensively toured throughout the world.

GEEME (Union)
Béatrice Kombé

Nadia Beugre
Béatrice Kombé

lighting design
Abdel Marc Salifou Camara

Atsé Outou
Kiti de Bomou Mamadou Galizar

costume design
Béatrice Kombé, Hervé Gnazou

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