The Exchange Residency is intercontinental, inter-city and multigenerational. For eleven weeks it reconnects Dorothée and Chicago artist-organizers who met at a 2018 conference in Lagos, Nigeria: Keyierra Collins, Ben LaMar Gay, Brianna Alexis Heath, Norman Teague, and Folayemi Wilson, and additionally avery r young, Tomeka Reid, and Raquel Monroe.
Dorothée will spend eighteen days at Ragdale, and eight weeks at Experimental Station where she is accompanied by Nicolas Détrie, urban economist and creative partner, and their children, ages seven and five.
The goal for Chicago 2019 is to create an artistic process that produces similar scalable social impact. Dorothée, Nicolas, HCL and lead partner Experimental Station are co-designing conditions for a natural way the artists will collaborate, modeling the surrounding neighborhoods’ “natural reciprocity” between inhabitants who exchange simple services, share and optimize resources.
The process will explore the subject matter of the body and memory to devise the first draft of a new work by Dorothée and her company Kadidi, premiering in 2020 at Festivals d’Avignon and Marseille and involving a number of the 2019 participants youth and adults in France.
In addition, the 2019 Residency launches City-Cité 2019-2020, an initiative of Cultural Services of the French Embassy that investigates urban cooperation between the City of Chicago and Ville de Marseille, and is codirected for Chicago by Yolanda (High Concept Labs) and Connie (Experimental Station) and for Marseille by Dorothée (Kadidi)and Nicolas (Coco Velten).
Dorothée Munyaneza is a Rwandan-French writer-performer who creates in collaboration. Her work illuminates the unthinkable in previously unimagined ways, dealing with rupture as a dynamic force. In their home city of Marseille, Dorothée and Nicolas are establishing a collaboration practice centered on youth and adults. They are developing creativity workshops to define urban strategies that include urban dwellers and the city’s stakeholders. This involves a process of reusing vacant buildings and outdoor spaces, capacitating citizens to develop new social, cultural or economic initiative.