Léna Blou

Anthropologist, dancer, choreographer, educator

March–May 2023

Léna Blou

Dominique Desplan

  • Performing Arts
  • Cities
  • Houston
  • Chicago
"My aim during this residency is to verify the hypothesis according to which colonial and slave-trading history generated a way of moving the body that expresses a particular approach to the world."

As part of Albertine Dance Season 2023


I’m a dancer, a choreographer, an educator and I have a PhD in the anthropology of dance. Ever since I met Jacqueline Cachemire at the age of six, I have been steeped in dance, especially Gwoka, a folk dance of Guadeloupe. I discovered the dance performance profession alongside Jean Nanga, and repeated the experience with other choreographers (Quentin Rouiller, Jean-Jacques Vidal), stage directors (Claude Moreau, Gerty Dambury), and musicians (Luther François, Jacques Marie-Basse, Charly Chomereau-Lamotte), among others. In addition to theoretical classes, I took part in numerous courses in all kinds of techniques, in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean.  


I have rubbed shoulders with the greatest from the very beginning, including Bruce Taylor, Carolyn Carlson, Walter Nicks, Alvin Mac Duffy, Anna Czajun, Jacqueline Fynaert, Dominique Bagouet, Alphonse Thiérou, Carlotta Ikéda, Joe Alégado, Frey Faust, Pascale Couillaud, and throughout my career as a dancer and choreographer I have worked on many artistic collaborations: Maurice Béjart (Switzerland), Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Haruko Nara (Japan), Gino Sitson (USA), Jacques Schwarzt-Bart (Guadeloupe), Bernadot Montet (France), James Carles (France and Cameroun), Jeanguy Saintus (Haiti), Rui Moreira (Brazil), etc.  


In the 1990s, I undertook a lengthy didactic analysis of Gwoka dances, resulting in the development of a new physical technique (Techni’ka) and the emergence of the concept of Bigidi, as defined in my book Techni’ka (published by Editions Jasor in 2005, and revised and augmented in 2021). I remain closely involved in the transmission of Techni’ka and of Bigidi. 


Lēna Blou holds diplomas in jazz and contemporary dance, choreographic interpretation, and dance teaching. She founded the Center for Dance and Choreographic Studies (CEDC) in 1990 and the Compagnie Trilogie in 1995. She obtained a Masters in Caribbean Art and Cultural Promotion in 2015, and a PhD in 2021. In 2017, she founded Larel Bigidi’Art, a space for training, creation, and research. Since 2020, she has been developping her projects as part of Lafabri’k, a Laboratory of Dance and Expression through Movement. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2008, and was made an Officer of the National Order of Merit in 2013. 


In partnership with

Lafabri'k espaces des arts en mouvement, Les Abymes

LAFABRI'K was born under the presidency of Mrs. Marie-Laure Poitout and has for vocation to make the dreams of the CDEC.

LAFABRI'K is a choreographic and cultural space to train children, neophytes, amateurs and professionals, in the values of excellence and authenticity so that together they handle the art of movement, to transform themselves into artisans, artists, creators of the Dance!

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