Dance N' Speak Easy


At 11 am

Running time: 1h
at 11 am: from July 5 to 28 - No performance: July 8, 15, 22


+33 (0)4 65 00 02 33

Visual show
  • Cardholder15 €
  • Full price22 €
  • Child (under 12s)10 €

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3, place Pasteur (angle rue puits des allemands)
84000 - Avignon - Venue map

Hall name: PREAU
Seating Capacity: 200

  • Access to disabled
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bleachers


Njagui HAGBE

Show resume

World reference of French hip hop, the Wanted Posse becomes world champion of hip hop dance in 2001.
The group's success allows its dancers to participate in large-scale artistic projects with Benjamin Millepied, Kamel Ouali or Blanca Li. They dance and choreograph for international singers such as Madonna or Robbie Williams and perform in popular shows like Le Sun King, The 10 Commandments, the Folies Bergeres revues, the 3 Musketeers ...
Dance N' Speak Easy is the virtuoso know-how of the Wanted Posse, combined with a good dose of humour and a flawless scenography. Nothing is left to chance, up to the choice of director Philippe Lafeuille who comes in, after the delirious welcome of Tutu (Audience Award Avignon OFF 2015).
In this piece, choreographer Njagui Hagbé and director Philippe Lafeuille imagined an unexpected cocktail combining dance and burlesque. Several styles mix there, but destructured and adapted to the swing dances of the 20-30 years. The footworks of house dance merge with the frenzied steps of the Charleston, the performance of breakdance with the vivacity of Lindy Hop, and the free style hip hop with the fast-paced rhythm of Jitterbug.
"Dance N' Speakeasy" takes us back to the troubled years of Prohibition in the United States. By revisiting this equivocal and invigorating universe, they offer an original artistic signature at every stage of the show.
Rich musical references (Miles Davis, James Brown) create a singular atmosphere.
The decor is reminiscent of New York skyscrapers in the reflection of the immense chandelier made of a multitude of glass bottles, symbol of the years of Prohibition and the speakeasy.
All the African-American references from the 1920s to the present day are there, including blaxploitation in the 70s and gangsta rap in the 90s.
In an outbreak of sounds and perfectly arranged rhythms, typical 1930s costumes, six men and a woman perform a gallery of portraits against a backdrop of mafia, alcohol and rivalry.

Artists / Staff

  • Mise en scène : Philippe LAFEUILLE
  • Interprète(s) : Arthur GRANDJEAN, Jessie PEROT, Claude MESSI-FOUDA, Ibrahim NJOYA, Martin THAÏ, Marcel NDJENG
  • Créa Lum/Scéno : Dom MABILEAU
  • Lumières : Floriane MALINSKI
  • Costumière : Noémie NAFTAWAY

Compagnie Wanted Posse

2-1047706 Signatory of the OFF convention

Production: Compagnie Wanted Posse Coproduction: Châteauvallon - Scène Nationale, Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle, Cie Accrorap/ Direction: Kader Attou, La Place - Centre culturel Hip Hop, Espace Michel Simon - Noisy Le Grand. Partners: Seine-Saint-Denis Department, Paris City Hall, Conseil régional d'Ile-de-France, Spedidam.