Louverture was staged for the Third Summit of French speaking countries
in Dakar, within the framework of the bicentenary of the French revolution.
It retraced the true story of an old slave named Toussaint
Louverture who became Governor of the French Republic and recounted the important
moments of the first abolition of slavery in 1794.
250 performers were
on stage on a beach near Dakar : the National
Ballet of Senegal, the famous percussionists Doudou N’Diaye Rose,
members of The Julien Jouga’s Choir plus further actors,
singers and musicians.
Synchronised films were projected on two screens
featuring famous french actors including JC Brialy and Jacques Perrin.
african actor Gérard Essomba played the role of Toussaint.
performed 3 times in Dakar to an audience in which there were 41 heads
of State or Government, officials and press.
It was also played over 3 days in Lille (north France)
to an audience of 18000 people.
|| Extracts from press
«A somptuous spectacle ; Claude Moreau
gives colour to the words.»
«The spectacle was of great beauty with
ceaseless effects and incomparable crowd movements»
«For two hours the audience was in communion
«A truly great spectacle, a timeless hymn
La Croix du Nord