Soa seeks to create a synthesis between spontaneity and rigorous composition, against the backdrop of her own heritage.
Soa Ratsifandrihana is a dancer and choreographer. After studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Soa worked with James Thierrée, Salia Sanou and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. In October 2021, she presented her first solo show, g r oo v e, in Brussels. The show has been performed more than 40 times and continues to tour Europe. In parallel, Soa is preparing a diptych for May 2024, in which she tells a story she would have liked to have heard as a child. The two parts of this diptych take the form of a radio production Ce n’est pas moi qui mens, ce sont les anciens and a show entitled Fampitaha, fampita fampitàna. Following on from her first solo, she is interested in the possible entanglements between radio narrative, choreographic and musical composition, reminding us that our bodies, just like our words, are the carriers of stories. Soa is an associate artist at Kaaitheater from 2023 to 2025.
Fampitaha, fampita, fampitàna | 2024
A mix of radio storytelling, musical composition and choreography, the new creation by Soa Ratsifandrihana focuses on the fusion of orality and movement to remind us that our bodies, like our words, are the bearers of stories.
g r oo v e | 2021
g r oo ve is a solo performance by Soa Ratsifandrihana that brings together images and intimate dances. Among them, the Afindrafindrao, a dance from the 19th century, typically «gasy», coming from the red island where Soa comes from: Madagascar. She also sketches a few steps of Madison, the first choreography she learned, popularized in the 60s with Al Brown, an Afro- American singer. She also makes a nod to Pepito, a popping dancer whose stylised quarter-turns I admire… In short, g r oo v e takes the form of a collage of references quoted and then trans- formed.