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Rhodnie Désir

The most recent phase of the great adventure BOW’T TRAIL. In a Montreal location charged with memory, Rhodnie Désir explores the heritage of Afrodescendant peoples in a powerful hymn to resistance.


After travelling across America, choreographer and documentary filmmaker Rhodnie Désir lands in her native Montreal to unveil the results of a stunning quest: BOW’T-Tio’Tia:Ke. A poignant territorial excavation made up of striking encounters, absorbed by her body and reinterpreted as an arresting dance of life.

The Haitian-Canadian artist presents her triptych, created with a sense of urgency, in the thick of the Black Lives Matter movement. Désir fervently reclaims the outdoor spaces laden with colonial memory, reckoning with our city’s slave-trading past and converting this ignominy into life-affirming, cathartic gestures. Surrounded by musicians, the choreographer explores African-American legacies and opens an essential dialogue with First Nations peoples. Ancestral rhythms, liberating chants, incantatory movements… a ceremony takes place, which is an ode to resistance. A fundamental duty of remembrance.


Produced by Rhodnie Désir / RD Créations 
Choreographed and performed by Rhodnie Désir 
Artistic Direction, Vocal Compositions Rhodnie Désir 
Music composed and performed by Moe Clark + Cécile Doo-Kingué + Engone Endong + Jahsun 
Music for Protest: Tout ce qu’il faut (lyrics Jenny Salgado alias J.Kyll, music Jenny Salgado + André Courcy)
Production Manager and Technical Director Samuel Thériault 
Creation support Isabelle Poirier
Costumes Géraldine Jeune
Artistic Advisor Paul Chambers
Video Alejandro de Leon
Photographer Kevin Calixte
Diffusion Cusson Management 

Co-produced Festival TransAmériques 
Creative residency Place des Arts 

Presented in association with Pointe-à-Callière, cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal 

Outreach project Jamel Ben Gharbia + Malika Bouchard-Medawar + Inès Sassia Julie Chiha + Marianne D. Gagnon + Élisabeth-Anne Dorléans + Camille Gendron + Anne-Audrey Remarais  

Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Luba Markovskaia


© Kevin Calixte

Rhodnie Désir (Montreal)
RD Créations

Over the past fifteen years, socially conscious artist Rhodnie Désir has been developing a choreographic-documentary Afro-contemporary language, mainly inspired by traditions from Haiti, Central and Western Africa, as well as from other Caribbean nations.

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