Juste Heddy

"(…) everything’s tricky when you become a teen,
You need money, and I’m stuck between two hot lamps.
Everything’s faster now, and I got problems at school,
Not ‘cause I’m dumb, but ‘cause I need the cash.
France is a place where the ambitious die,
My teacher said, “You’re an Arab who’ll never make it.”
So I smoke, so I drink,
I hang out in the hall, my mama’s worried.
Fuck school! Alcohol and weed!
I waste time and get drunk at the local motel."
Taken from Allo Maman bobo by L’Algérino

The words to the song, “Allo Maman Bobo” by l'Algérino, a Marseille-based rapper, sums up part of Heddy Salem’s life: a young man , in his twenties who grew up in the rough, northern neighbourhoods of Marseille.
While Heddy had just discovered theatre, we met during a workshop I gave to young actors in January 2016. I was overwhelmed by his raw and sensitive personality. This solo choreographic portrait was born out of the desire to deepen this encounter.
Among other things, it is the opportunity to address the relationship he has with his roots and his family. It is also the chance to face a composite path of life, where the army has been an important turning point. His relationship to movement is shaped from this, nurturing a rigorous, energetic and uncompromising physicality. A physicality that is even more energetic since Heddy also has a great practice of boxing, which intrinsically feeds his relationship to choreography. The writing of the piece is also composed by other biographical elements, such as his passion, as an eternal teenager, for Dragon Ball Z or his experience as a supporter of the Olympique de Marseille whose slogans are unequivocal.
The complexity of this personality offers a range of what constitutes this new portrait.

  • Mickaël Phelippeau

The premiere took place on march 28th 2019 at LE ZEF, scène nationale de Marseille

a choreographic piece by Mickaël Phelippeau

performance Heddy Salem

dramaturgical collaboration Anne Kersting

light design Abigail Fowler

light manager Antoine Crochemore

sound design Eric Yvelin

outside eye Marcela Santander Corvalán

production, distribution, administration Fabrik Cassiopée – Manon Crochemore, Manon Joly & Isabelle Morel


executive production bi-p association
coproduction Le ZEF, scène nationale de Marseille (FR), Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie (FR)
with the support of l’Institut français de Casablanca, dans le cadre de son programme de résidences artistiques et culturelles 2017 et de KLAP maison pour la danse à Marseille


photo credit Mickaël Phelippeau

Creation 2019

2017
Festival d’Avignon OFF - Théâtre de la Parenthèse in the frame of la Belle Seine Saint Denis, FR - short form
Théâtre Gérard Philippe, CDN de Saint-Denis, FR - short form
L'échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, in the frame of Festival C’est comme ça !, FR - short form

2018
La chambre d'eau, in the frame of Festival Kidanse de L'échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, FR - short form
L'échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, in the frame of Festival Kidanse , FR - short form
LE ZEF, Scène nationale de Marseille, FR - short form
Maison d'arrêt de Bourges, in collaboration with la Ligue de l'Enseignement, FR - short form

2019
CCN de Caen en Normandie, FR - preview
LE ZEF, Scène Nationale de Marseille, FR - premiere
Le Triangle, Scène conventionnée danse - Rennes, FR
Abbaye de Maubuisson, in collaboration with TPE de Bezons, FR
Châteauvallon - Scène nationale, FR
Atelier de Paris, June Events, FR
Culture commune, scène nationale du Bassin Minier du Pas-de-Calais, in the frame of SMOB, FR