Juste Heddy

"Everything’s tricky when you become a teen,
You need money, and I’m stuck between two hot lamps.
Everything’s faster now, and I got problems at school,
Not ‘cause I’m dumb, but ‘cause I need the cash.
France is a place where the ambitious die,
My teacher said, “You’re an Arab who’ll never make it.”

So I smoke, so I drink,
I hang out in the hall, my mama’s worried.
Fuck school! Alcohol and weed!
I waste time and get drunk at the local motel."

Taken from Allo Maman bobo by L’algérino
The words to the song, “Allo Maman Bobo” by Algérino, a Marseilles-based rapper, sums up part of Heddy’s life: a young, 20-year-old born in the rough, northern neighbourhoods of Marseilles. The initial stages of this portrait, presented here as an early phase in the project, was the result of a desire to explore this encounter more deeply. It offers an opportunity to explore Heddy’s relationship to his roots, to the Japanese manga, Dragon Ball Z – which has become a very important part of his life – to boxing – which he started at age 15 – to the army – which he had to leave – and to theatre – which he has only recently discovered.

  • Mickaël Phelippeau

The premiere took place on march 28th 2019 at LE ZEF, scène nationale de Marseille

a choreographic piece by Mickaël Phelippeau

performance Heddy Salem

light design Abigail Fowler

outside eye Marcela Santander Corvalán

production, distribution, administration Fabrik Cassiopée – Manon Crochemore, Manon Joly & Isabelle Morel


executive production bi-p association
coproduction Le ZEF, scène nationale de Marseille (FR), Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie (FR)
with the support of l’Institut français de Casablanca, dans le cadre de son programme de résidences artistiques et culturelles 2017 et de KLAP maison pour la danse à Marseille


photo credit Mickaël Phelippeau

Creation 2019

2017
Festival d’Avignon OFF - Théâtre de la Parenthèse in the frame of la Belle Seine Saint Denis, FR - short form
Théâtre Gérard Philippe, CDN de Saint-Denis, FR - short form
L'échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, in the frame of Festival C’est comme ça !, FR - short form

2018
La chambre d'eau, in the frame of Festival Kidanse de L'échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, FR - short form
L'échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, in the frame of Festival Kidanse , FR - short form
LE ZEF, Scène nationale de Marseille, FR - short form
Maison d'arrêt de Bourges, in collaboration with la Ligue de l'Enseignement, FR - short form

2019
CCN de Caen en Normandie, FR - preview
LE ZEF, Scène Nationale de Marseille, FR - premiere
Le Triangle, Scène conventionnée danse - Rennes, FR
Abbaye de Maubuisson, in collaboration with TPE de Bezons, FR
Châteauvallon - Scène nationale, FR
Atelier de Paris, June Events, FR
Culture commune, scène nationale du Bassin Minier du Pas-de-Calais, in the frame of SMOB, FR