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The Colored Museum

Raymond Dikoumé

theatre music video Premiere

At the intersection of theatre, film and performance art, The Colored Museum presents a vibrant satire of African-American society. Raymond Dikoumé references Black culture and challenges stereotypes with a show in the form of an exhibition crackling with energy and bold humour.

Intended as an “exorcism and a celebration” by African American director George C. Wolfe, the play explores the inequalities of US society and the history of Black culture against a backdrop of pop culture full of references to musicals. The comedy is off-the-wall, but the message is deeply political! Raymond Dikoumé translated the original text (1986) and, having played the role of Flo’Rance in New York in 2011, now stages his own unique version. A travelling museum presents eight tableaux, each a portrait of an African American with its own energy and rhythms. Whistles, drums, snapping fingers… the subtly musical play with its magical sets and creative visuals takes us from a slave ship to a gay disco and from a shack in New Orleans to a battlefield.

Practical information

Duration 1h35

Where ?
Dock des Suds

12, rue Urbain V, 2e
tél. 04 91 99 00 00

• Métro - 2 arrêt National
• Tram - 2, 3 arrêt Terminus Arenc Le Silo
Bus - 35, 82 arrêt Arenc Mirabeau, 70 arrêt Salengro Briançon
• Bus de nuit - 526, 535 arrêt Salengro Briançon
• Vélo - Station Arenc - Chanterac
• Parking - Zenpark, Arenc


Price €10

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Traduction, Mise en scène : Raymond Dikoumé
Scénographie : Lise Jaffé
Assistante scénographie : Manon Rohart
Consultant Art Contemporain : Hortense Belhôte, Marie Rose Frigière
Costumes : Slim Boussaha
Accessoires : Temitayo Olalekan
Coordination du projet : Adama Sissoko
Administration : Audrey Belzunce
Chargé de production : Ivan Zang
Production : DraMad
Coproduction : Ph’art et Balises, Académie Moovida, Yasmina Er Rafass Docks des Suds, Franck Ferré, Fondation pour la mémoire de l’esclavage,
Les ateliers Sud Side
Texte traduit avec le soutien de la Maison Antoine Vitez, Centre international de la traduction théâtrale


Photographie © Jose ManLuis