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Author:  LMCtech [ Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Companie TcheTche

From the SF Chronicle.

Sorrow of Ivory Coast in the tears of Compagnie TchéTché

Rachel Howard, Special to The Chronicle

Monday, December 4, 2006

Pain has probably never displayed itself so authentically as on the faces of Compagnie TchéTché, a quartet of female dancers from Ivory Coast. Suffering was inescapable Friday night at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum as the 9-year-old troupe made its Bay Area debut, throwing themselves into each other's arms, clutching their throats as though strangled and then offering their hands to the sky in desperate, disintegrating prayer.

The real drama, though, was in the eyes: tense, watery, constantly on the verge of tears. At the end of the hourlong "Dimi" -- which translates roughly to "sorrow" -- the women broke down into audible sobs, and their mournful expressions at curtain call suggested this was no Herculean feat of acting.


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