Danse 2552 - 8 January 2022
10:25 a.m., Place de la Concorde, Paris 8th.
On January 8, 2015, the day after the Charlie Hebdo attack, we danced for several hours at Place de la Concorde in solidarity with the victims and to defend the values that are the foundation of democratic societies.
Today, 7 years later, I invited the young dancers with whom I was then, to join me at Place de la Concorde. For some, we had not seen each other since then. The reasons why we danced then remain alive and important today: For the freedom to think, act and express oneself, against totalitarian violence, for the right to criticism, to humor, to joyful coexistence of differences …
“I am Charlie”. People rallied overwhelmingly in 2015 to this cry with a surge of the heart. The use of these words has sometimes been criticized since, for various reasons. But I can say today, after 7 years of daily dancing, without missing a single day: I am still Charlie.
Thank you to the wonderful and wonderful Émilie Azou, Thomas Bleton, Violaine Bougy, Émilie Cousteix, Marlène Génissel, Charlie Heckel, Myriam Jarmache, Julien Desmarquets, Simon Peretti, Léonce Pruvost, Jessie Rupp and Barbara Tourtier Bellosta.