Hamza Lenoir, winning author of the "Des mots à la scène" scheme

When it rains, the future sings of hope. The fields of my village color the landscape. It’s easy to be seduced by the sun!

The young author Hamza Lenoir offers a rereading of the choreographic traditions of Mayotte through his show Le Corps de Jésus. A creation where body and words are intimately linked. 

Published on 29/11/2022

2 min

A young author from the writing workshop led by Jean-Luc Raharimanana at the Dembeni University Centre (Mayotte), Hamza Lenoir is a member of the Kazyadance Company, directed by the choreographer Djodjo Kazadi. In 2019, he published his first short story in the magazine Les Lettres de Lémurie, followed in 2021 by excerpts from his novel in progress in the Mayotte magazine Project'îles. He regularly runs writing workshops as part of the missions of the Agence Régionale pour le livre et la lecture à Mayotte (ARLL) and within the Apprentis d'Auteuil, an association for young people in jeopardy. He is currently finishing Presqu'Île, a novel he has been working on for nearly five years, which will be published in 2023 by Project'îles. 

Hamza Lenoir is currently working on Le Corps de Jésus, a dance project supported by the Compagnie Kazyadance. This new show explores the interactions between body and poetry, and questions the evolution of dance traditions in Mayotte, which are disappearing in some areas of the island. As these rituals become more and more contextual and linked to specific events, the author states his intention to explore their possibilities in order to question what he calls the "archipelagic personality". In presentation, this show will take as its starting point the writing of texts on the skin, in order to make them undulate and vibrate to the rhythm of the bodies. It will be produced in collaboration with the dancer Insa Ansa and Bochra Triki, co-curator of the Tashweesh festival. 

In 2022, Hamza Lenoir is training in the framework of the Play>Urban urban space research and creation programme in Strasbourg (Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin) and in Marseille, in cooperation with the Compagnie Rara Woulib and the Marseille Festival. He was also invited to participate in the Dakar Biennial in 2022, and in the Indian Ocean Festival in Réunion, before benefiting from a residency at the Dream City Festival in Tunisia. The same year, he was a recipient of the "Des mots à la scène" programme, supported by the Institut français. From February to March 2023, he will be in residence at 3bis f, an art centre and living arts factory in Aix-en-Provence. 

  • 2019


    Publication of a short story in the magazine Les Lettres de Lémurie.

  • 2022


    Winner of the "Des mots à la scène" programme of the Institut français.

  • 2023


    Publication of his novel Presqu'Île by Project'îles.

The Institut français and the artist

Hamza Lenoir is laureate of the "Des mots à la scène" programme by the Institut français. 

"Des mots à la scène" (“From Words to the Stage”) is a support fund for the production of contemporary writing for the stage from Africa and the Caribbean launched by the Institut français. Funded by the Ministry of Culture, this fund aims to promote authors from the south who are little known or played. 

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