Press Cuttings


About Cross & Share (2012 production)

Julie Dossavi opened the doors of one of the Ballets C de la B studio to unveil a rehearsal of her “shared solo”, 'Cross & Share'. The fanciful interpret asked Thomas Lebrun, Hamid Ben Mahi and Serge Aymé Coulibaly -at the control desk that day- to work with her. Julie first introduces herself by telling the impressions of the others about her “nature”. Then delves into a sea of novel sensations. Wearing a hood or later high heels and a blond wig, she is this oustanding performer that uses her voice, swings her body on stage. Above all she has this capacity to go from laughter to tears. Here and there some readiness, but when Julie Dossavi performs a quasi static bolero, you can only love it. Director Michel Schweizer should review it before the premieres. Another way of experimenting shared creation in dance.
Philippe Noisette, Les Inrockuptibles

Julie Dossavi captivates the stage with her extraordinary energy and intensity. She is recognizable for her eclectic style which she mixes with contemporary dance technique, hip-hop as well as African rhythms and dance styles, and in “Cross & Share” she brings a strong, engaged and provocative female African-French identity. (...) In the end, we find her in an African version of Ravels “Bolero” which she performs oscillating squats and reduced rising of hands, wearing hig heels, showing her (un)fettered power, energy and eroticism. Cross & Share is seemingly structured as a representation of the process, but in its form is compact and sharp. Cross & Share is one of the most critically engaged work of the 30th Dance Week Festival in Zagreb.
Iva Nerina Sibila,

About the choreographer and the music

We know the French choreographer and dancer Julie Dossavi for her diverse influences, dance club, postmodern aesthetics, the rhythms of West Africa. Her mastery of subtlety and nuance comes off the weaving sensitivities ... 
Sara Wolf, Los Angeles Times

The choreography follows a nonlinear path, sometimes slow, sometimes frenetic, nostalgic or enthusiastic ... The voice of Papa Diarra Gideon passes of invective for the evocation of ancient sacred rituals, the penetrating sound of percussion Yvan Talbot crosses Allan Houdayer electronic music ... We discover what lies behind a natural and spontaneous. 
Sara Pesatori, Danza

(Electronic) fever of a Saturday evening, Julie Dossavi honors dance clubs with techno music with sounds of West Africa and Latin America. With four women and one man for the game of seduction is very present. 
Amalia Bulnes, El Correo de Andalucia (Sevilla)

The dancers transformed into clubbers, the audience into voyeurs, movements reveal a portrait gallery ... It's funny sometimes, often sensual, always true ... Until the little fatigue morning solitude amid the crowds ... 
Haude Giret, Sud Ouest


About Julie Dossavi, dancer

An outstanding dancer who plays with her image as if it were her shadow… We can’t take our eyes off this dancer endowed with animal grace and instinctive intelligence… Her solo is a sumptuous explosion. (Julie Dossavi at the Palais-Royal for Paris Quartier d’été)
Philippe Noisette, Les Inrockuptibles

We’re on the edge of our seats, gripped by a powerful and elegant dancer. In a techno-industrial-urban universe, the African dancer is a priestess performing solitary rites, a mischievous child at play, an immigrant wandering through subway corridors, a warrior, a night-clubber… Julie Dossavi has created a blend that speaks to the youth of today, countering all forms of exclusion. (about Go, solo 60')
Marie-Christine Vernay, Libération

An choreographic object determined and intense, with a frank and direct energy. Incurred by a dancer who captures techno music, reggae, drum, at their root. To make a vital movement. The dance is dance. In the heart. 
Francis Cossu, La Marseillaise

A dancer who dares to laugh ...
Ayoko Menash, Africultures

The delicious fragility of a scene that stands in front the beach, the exciting duo of Julie Dossavi and her young son ... energy accomplice these two body sculpting space was a very pleasant discovery. 
Isabelle Calabre, Danser

Julie Dossavi walks about serenely, as though she were scouting the premises. Her muscular arms and legs spin a web of leaps and glides. She has unearthed a choreographic language, and takes her time to relish it. Step by step, she unravels invisible landscapes and daringly faces emptiness, the almost nothing… a far cry from pretence and artifice. (about Butterfly, Solo 23’. Choreographed by Daniel Larrieu)
Rosita Boisseau, Le Monde

About her dance

A 'mix' against all forms of exclusions, to which the young generation suscribes.
Marie-Christine Vernay, Libération

The eclectic trance of Julie Dossavi ... Her solo causes of collisions, breaking boundaries between urban culture and African roots, femininity and androgyny, abstraction and poetry. 
La Tribune

The Afro-contemporary is not an empty word for Julie Dossavi, choreographer from Benin who was able to extract a gesture of his experiences to it, which by her compelling energy. In her show "Agbazémé" she throws her three dancers a tough challenge: to slip into sensations rather feminine ... 
Rosita Boisseau, Telerama