FRANCE – REUNION
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DANIEL LÉOCADIE
Théâtre de Vénissieux
22th october – 11.30am
Running time 50min
Recommended for ages 14 and up
Show in french and creole
Focus Créole day: 1 Sunday, 2 shows & 1 meal at the Théâtre de Vénissieux
Kisa Mi Lé recounts the anger of a young man uprooted at the age of 7 and forbidden to speak his mother tongue, Reunionese Creole. Twenty years later, he returns to retrace the steps of his childhood, in search of answers about a troubled past, and in search of his own identity. The show echoes the testimony of a grandfather, or “gramoun kréol”, who explains that he forbids his grandson to speak the language because “there’s no future here”, and “this language won’t get him a job”. Daniel Léocadie understands this fear, but asks the question: if all grandfathers did this, what would happen to the language? He then imagines the words of this grandson: the death of his grandfather provokes an upheaval that leads him to return to his native land.
This journey is a quest for his history, in search of another part of himself that has remained there to finally answer the question: kisa mi lé? Who am I? A one-man show, Daniel Léocadie tackles the issues of Reunionese identity, bilingualism and assimilation. The actor is at the centre of a confrontation between the French and Creole languages, between two identities that he is trying to reconcile.
© Cédric Demaison
Texte et mise en scène Daniel Léocadie
Avec Daniel Léocadie Lumière Gaspard Gauthier Régie lumières Edith Richard
Production Cie Kisa Mi Lé Production associée Cie Les Non Alignés Avec le soutien de École nationale des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre (ENSATT – Lyon) ; Théâtre le Fou (Lyon) ; FEAC – Fonds d’aide aux échanges artistiques et culturels d’Outre-Mer Coréalisation La Machinerie – Théâtre de Vénissieux et Festival Sens Interdits