Telling the story of yesterday's and today's oppressions. To tell the resistance in the form of a life impulse and a poetic struggle. Searching for the source of gesture, communication and song. To return to the rhythm of words, to the poetry of sounds, to reinvent languages. Finding grace in rubber boots!
South Africa, early 20th century, in the gold mines, black workers live underground, chained up. As they were not allowed to talk to each other, they developed a sound language based on their environment (boots, chains, water, soil). Combining rhythm and dance, Gumboots became a mode of expression and a way of fighting against Apartheid. Nowadays, it has been taken out of its context and is developing all over the world.
Marie Ginestière and Marine Viennet, dancers, musicians and actors, explore these rhythms accompanied by songs and the poetry of Jean-Pierre Siméon.