Smaïl Kanouté

Smaïl Kanouté, still from Never 21

Smaïl Kanouté is a choreographic designer, a French-Malian multifaceted artist based in Paris. He belongs to a young generation currently renewing visual codes and aesthetics in all possible disciplines. With Company Vivons!, founded in 2016, he develops performance projects, more personal choreographic artworks, dance-videos, and intercultural short films about social issues and new imaginations.

Never Twenty One
Echoing the hashtag #Never21, coined by the Black Lives Matter movement, the dance film Never Twenty One prensted by Ciné-Corps, wishes to pay tribute to the victims of gun violence in New York, Rio, or Johannesburg… who will never turn 21 years old. Through their graffitied bodies, three dancers embody both the words of the victims and their families, and the evils they have suffered. Like wandering spirits, they tell us about these stolen and broken lives. Moving from krump to electro, popping to contemporary dance, different energies slowly come through to bring out the victims invisible presence and name their unspeakable pain.