The Amorous Indies
in the age of krump

Investigation by Patricia Brignone

In 2017, artist Clément Cogitore made a film with a high energy content. On the stage of the Opéra Bastille in Paris, around forty dancers are doing the krump, a street dance that originated in 2000s in the South Central district of Los Angeles. They display their movements and impose their style and culture to the baroque music of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s, Les Indes Galantes (The Amorous Indies). Shaking up time and genres, and above all avoiding the conventional pitfalls of appropriation, Cogitore succeeds in creating a forceful work that goes beyond cultural clichés.