The word prison comes from the Latin “prensionem”, which translates the concept of arrest. Locked up all day in 9 m2, the bodies are still, the movements are limited. It is from this reflection that the project of choreographer Angelin Preljocaj was born, who decided to accompany women imprisoned in the Baumettes in Marseille in the preparation of a show. The dance then turns into an escape.
For four months, the dancer and choreographer worked with the inmates of Baumettes prison. An essential project for these women who know how to express themselves through dance and proclaim their value to the world. A breath of fresh air in a prison system that tends to crush those who serve their sentences in darkness and indifference.
From this remarkable work came the documentary dance your paindirected by Valérie Müller, broadcast on Tuesday 26 April on France 4 and can be repeated until May 3.
The prison administration granted the participants exceptional exit permits to allow them to stage eight performances at the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier during the International Dance Festival.
To discover this wonderful adventure in pictures, go to the website of France 4 to watch the documentary Dance his pain.