Time: 3 PM + 8 PM
Location: Theatre 2, Theatre 1
Dancer, choreographer, and founder of the European International & Iconic House of Ninja Mother Lasseindra Ninja will conduct voguing workshops to a maximum of 30 participants for each session. This is an exploration of the legendary dance form, which is defined by its political history and rooted in the Black and Latino LGBTQ community’s defiant response to oppression in the United States in the 1970s. Free registration, limited space. From 3 PM.
At 8 PM, the legendary pioneer of the ballroom and voguing scene, hosts a lecture on the history and culture of ballroom. From its birth to its more contemporary facets, Lasseindra Ninja discusses relevant cultural aspects and differences between the European and North American ballroom scenes, highlighting sociological and political aspects that inform both movements. A Q/A session with the audience moderated by Eddy Coppet concludes the evening.
Lasseindra Ninja is a dancer and choreographer who has been based in Paris for over ten years. Trained in France and the United States, she has developed her artistic production by organising large-scale balls, choreographic creations and performances, both solo and in partnership with other artists. In her work, she is interested in the identities and spaces that exist between the real and the virtual, from the stage to the screen and back again: when and under what conditions movement can be performed, as well as how it is perceived and judged. Her work is based on pan-African and transatlantic perspectives within a contemporary reflection on the history of bodies, the traces and reminiscences of collective dance experiences. A pioneer of the Ballroom Scene in Europe, she founded the Eurasian chapter of the International & Iconic House of Ninja. Recognised by the title of Legend in the international ballroom community, she now explores the fields of contemporary creation, musical composition and digital arts (photo and video) within prestigious institutions such as the Centre National de la Danse or the Ballet National de Marseille. She is a fellow at the French Academy - Villa Medicis (2022-2023).