Master Class with Compagnie L'Héliotrope

Presented by MIFA Victory Theatre & Mount Holyoke College

Date: September 28, 2022


Time: 6 - 8:30PM


Venue: Hooker Auditorium




Master Class Music/Rap presentation with dance participation




Blade MC AliMBaye, Rapper, slammer, and composer

Normandy-born Franco-Senegalese artist Blade MC Alimbaye already impressed his peers as a young child with his writing skills. He very early decided to fully focus on art in its various forms, from poetry and music to theatre, dance, and cinema. He’s now a rapper, beatboxer, slammer, composer, and self-taught author. He discovered the world of hip-hop through dance and graffiti in the city of Le Havre in 1993. He proved particularly apt at writing and beatboxing. Following a stint touring the various venues of the region, he arrived in Paris, took part in battles, open mic events, and slam nights, and built a solid reputation on the underground scene. He then joined the company Montalvo-Hervieu in On Dan Feet La Bossa. Fataka de Rameau, the Compagnie Checco, the Cie R.I.P.O.S.T.E in Contesmarrons. He also collaborated with D’de Kabal, the Cie 0,10 in Troyennes, Laetitia Guedon in Les morts se moquent des beaux enterrements, and in 2016 in Samo, A Tribute to Basquiat. In 2016, he released his first album, Bleu. Point Zero, the first part of the Bleu Blanc Sang trilogy, which questions his relationship with France and includes collaborations by cellist Vincent Ségal, actor Jean-Michel Martial and musician Ousmane Kouyaté. For more info visit www.bladealimbaye.com


Faustine Noguès, Playwright, Author, director

Born in Toulouse in 1993, she completed a Hypokhâgne and Khâgne in a preparatory school before obtaining a Master’s degree in Theatre Studies at the Université - Sorbonne Nouvelle. In 2017, she wrote her first play, "Surprise Parti," inspired by the story of Jón Gnarr, a punk comedian who was elected mayor of Reykjavik in 2010, after he set up a satirical political party. The play was published by Editions Théâtrales and won a number of awards: prix des Journées de Lyon des Auteurs de Théâtre, ARTCENA’s support fund for writers, the Beaumarchais-SACD support program for writers, 2019 selection for Piste d’Envol – playreading committee of Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris, at the La Mousson d’été Festival and the Bureau des lecteurs of the Comédie Française. She is also a winner of the FORTE program run by the Île-de-France region for her work staging the play. Her second play Les Essentielles is a dark comedy about a social movement in an abattoir and was selected by the publisher Jeunes Textes en Liberté in 2019. In 2018, she took part in the Studio Européen des Écritures pour le Théâtre, set up at the Chartreuse-CNES de Villeneuve lez Avignon, to work on En Bataille, a research project on the politics around hair. In 2019, she wrote "Angela Davis: sexe féminin / genre révolutionnaire," following a commission by Paul Desveaux. She currently works as a dramaturg and assistant director to Paul Desveaux, David Lescot, Brigitte Seth & Roser Montlló Guberna, and Laurent Vacher.



In connection with “Angela Davis, A History of the United States.” Rooke Theater at Mount Holyoke College. September 30 - October 2, 2022, 7:30PM & 2PM Matinee