THU 10 NOV
18.00 HUMBOLDT FORUM
JE DEMANDE LA ROUTE
by Roukiata Ouedraogo, French with German OT I 80 min
text, director: Stéphane Eliard, Roukiata Ouedraogo, performer: Roukiata Ouedraogo, artistic collaboration: Ali Bougheraba
Followed by a talk with the artist
The Burkinabe author and actress Roukiata Ouedraogo recounts with much mockery and self-irony her life’s journey, rich in adventures, which has led her from elementary school in Burkina Faso to the stages of Paris. JE DEMANDE LA ROUTE is an initiatory journey into a world of rawness and a reflection on cultural differences that is both witty and sensitive. Her arrival in France as a penniless migrant, a professional career without a school diploma ranging from odd jobs to attending the famous acting school at the Cours Florent: Ouedraogo takes her fate into her own hands. JE DEMANDE LA ROUTE turns this personal testimony into an epic that is both funny and moving.
ROUKIATA OUEDRAOGO, born in 1979 in Burkina Faso, went to Paris after high school to study fashion design. However, following various jobs, she trained as an actress and at graduation in 2008 directed Yennenga, the epic of the Mossé. In 2012, she created a one-woman show called Ouagadougou pressé, in which she talks in particular about herself and immigration. This show was shown in 2015 in various cities in West Africa and then throughout France. In 2015, she created her third work Tombe le masque, in which she deals with the cultural differences between Africa and France, as well as issues such as female genital mutilation. Her most recent production Je demande la route premiered in Paris at the Théâtre du Lucernaire in January 2018.