A deeply emotive solo performance and UK premiere from Ivory Coast choreographer Nadia Beugré.

In ‘Quartiers Libres’, roughly translated as “free reign”, Beugré takes over the stage with breathless, raw energy, startling in its immediacy and unnerving imagery. In a fight with a world willing to bury her, piles of empty plastic bottles and Nadia’s body start to amalgamate, merge, and melt. By blurring the lines between the performer and audience, Nadia transcends the stage, tangled in endless microphone cable, and surrounded by mountains of waste. Becoming trapped within herself and her surroundings, she struggles to reach out to the humanity around her.

A mountain of empty plastic bottles, a powerful performer who sings and dances, the audience on stage: the ingredients of a high-voltage performance.

“Ms. Beugré knows how to make a crowd trust her just as, in a split second, she knows how to knock the air out of people. She’s wild, like the wind.” – New York Times


The Quartiers Libres Team

Choreography, performance, plastic creation Nadia Beugré

Dramaturgy, sound creation and operation Boris Hennion

Costumes Nadia Beugré and Boris Hennion

Light Design Laurent Bourgeois and Erik Houllier

Lights technician & stage manager Beatriz Kaysel

Assistant Daouda Keita

Sound Landscape « alarms » Mathieu Grenier

Executive production Libr’Arts / Virginie Dupray

Special thanks: Choreographic National Center in Montpellier (France), Agora-Montpellier Danse, Choreographic Development Center in Toulouse (France)


Transform Team

Creative Director Amy Letman

Producer Ali Ford

Producer (Creative People) Lily Lavorato

Assistant Producer Jay Millard

Trainee Producer Patrick McGeady

Company Administrator Rosie Hay

Production Manager Hannah Blamire

Project Manager Tshayi Hercules

Marketing & Communications Jack Lynch & Suzanne Wynne

Press Bread and Butter PR

Design Rabbit Hole



France-based Nadia Beugré began her career in a traditional dance theatre in the Ivory Coast. In 1997, she was one of the founders of the Tché Tché dance company, along with the multiple award-winning Béatrice Kombé. She studied at Germaine Acogny’s Ecole des Sables in Senegal, a training centre for traditional and contemporary dance techniques. Having conquered the French stage, she has opened herself up to the international dance scene. Her works Legacy (2015) and Tapis Rouge (2017) have been performed at major events including the Festival d’Automne in Paris and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam as well as in many other cities around the world. Nadia recently founded dance company Libr’Arts in Montpellier, a platform for production, touring and training between France and Ivory Coast.



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