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Saint-Denis Market & Basilica of Saint-Denis
September 30 and October 1, 6, 8 & 9, 2021

An immersive experience that merges contemporary performance and the ancient art of storytelling, SPACES is a site-specific participatory work, created and performed with the local community that gives this place its life and identity.


In Saint-Denis, audience members were guided in groups by silent dancers on a musical and dance journey that started at the Halle du Marché and finished at the Basilica of Saint-Denis. On the way, they met local residents who shared personal intimate moments of their lives in their city.

Images from the rehearsals for SPACES: Saint-Denis.

September 30 and October 6, 8 & 9, 2021 at 7:30pm

October 1 at 6:00pm

Meet at the Halle du Marché (entrance on Rue Gabriel Péri) and finish at the Basilica Saint-Denis
Duration: 1h30min
Free admission | Ticket reservation obligatory


Saint-Denis Market. Photo: Seevisit Patrick Palmas


Basilica of Saint-Denis. Photo: Isabelle Boitet / Photononstop

General Artistic Director: Simón Adinia Hanukai

Assistant to the Director: Marie Schnakenbourg

Production Assistant: Mélanie Dorey 

Storytellers: Samir Adjabi, Zineb Bouakaz, Nelly Debert, Françoise Douzenelle, Awatef El Malki, Fatima Guerri, Gladys Guillaume, Imen El Ferchichi, Sandrine Loncle, Danielle Ludon "Mamie Danielle", Djenawelle Mayimbi, Mounir Melhoul, Swen, Victor Neyra, Luc Pinto "dealer de livres", Kenza Sallah and Diangou Traoré

Choreographers: Sandrine RenaRobin and Gabin Nuissier, with Lauren Cox

Dancers: Clarisse Tognella, Fabrice Mahicka, Marguerite Mboulé and Gabin Nuissier

Music Director: Lehna

Music: Lehna (musician, singer, composer), Brahima Diakite (percussion), Mathilde Long (cellist, singer) and Moussa Drame (percussion)

Singers: Sarah Pernon Garcia, Marie Léa Gatti, Jeanne Gatti, Rachel Plat, Kristel Cosker, Marion Leloutre, Faten Asselin-Mezhoud, Valentina Canseco and Laurène Barnel

Video and Lighting: Selma Bourdon (Collectif Ascidiacea)

Lighting: Nicolas Mimault (Collectif Ascidiacea)

Technical Director: Fabien Gougeon

Costume Design: Lauren Cox and Mélanie Dorey

Press Officer: Nathalie Gasser

Co-production Légendes Urbaines: Laure Gayet and Hannah Angely

Produced by Kaimera Productions and co-produced by Légendes Urbaines, in partnership with Centre des monuments nationaux. 

The concept for SPACES was created by Jonathan Camuzeaux, Lauren Cox and Simón Adinia Hanukai.

SPACES: Saint-Denis was developed in parallel with SPACES: Oakland.

Developed as part of the Oakland/Saint-Denis cooperation project of Villa San Francisco in coproduction with the French American Cultural Society, the Institut Français, California Humanities, and in collaboration with Légendes Urbaines, which brought together urban and cultural actors, institutions and academics in the San Francisco Bay Area and Grand Paris.

In partnership with the Culture Department, the District Offices, the Market of the City of Saint-Denis,
 the Basilica of Saint-Denis/Centre des monuments nationaux, La ligne 13 - pôle ressource sur le Hip hop, le musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis, Théâtre Gérard Philipe, 6 b.

With the support of the French Embassy in the U.S., French American Cultural Society, Institut français, Contrat de ville/ANCT, DRAC Ile-de-France, City of Saint-Denis and the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis which supports the City of Saint-Denis for SPACES.


Storytelling Events

SPACES' creation process is based on a series of storytelling events, in which residents were invited at a dedicated place or in the street to recount a story that connected them with the city of Saint-Denis. 


The sessions aimed to raise awareness of the art of storytelling and to identify approximately fifteen residents-storytellers, who would participate in the performances. Those who agreed to perform,  attended 3-4 individual customised coaching sessions with Simón Adinia Hanukai, who facilitated them to feel comfortable performing in public.


Street storytelling session, Place des Tilleuls, Saint-Denis, 25 July 2020. Photo by Adjera Lakehal

The storytelling events were organized in cooperation with the 7 district offices of the city of Saint-Denis and include:


  • 4-5 indoor workshops, in which residents exchanged personal stories;

  • Around 10 public space sessions  in the street, in shared gardens, or during local events, which attracted those who don't regularly frequent associations. They followed a simple format: 2 chairs and an invitation to talk to each other.


July - August - September 2020 : 

Franc-Moisin / Bel-Air / Stade de France

  • Franc-Moisin neighborhood festival | 12 September (open to all)

  • Festive event, Franc-Moisin | 18 September (open to all)

  • Association Femmes Franc-Moisin, Salle Rogowski | 21 September (private)


  • Place des Tilleuls | 25 July (open to all)

  • With the merchants of the Saint-Denis Market Hall | 15 September (private)

  • On the Place de la Gare SAINT-DENIS | 19 September (open to all)

  • Maison des Jeunes/Ligne 13 Centre de ressources Hip Hop | 24 September (private)

  • Shared garden of Les Haguettes | 26 September (cancelled)

Pleyel / La Plaine

  • 6B | 9 July (private)

  • Carrefour Pleyel Metro | 23 September (open to all)

  • Couverture Wilson | 25 September (open to all)

  • Cantine Sauvage | 25 September (open to all)

Delaunay / Belleville - Sémard

  • Square Fabien | 24 July (open to all)

September - mid-October 2020:

Workshops and individual sessions with the residents-storytellers

Street storytelling session, Place des Tilleuls, Saint-Denis, 25 July 2020. Photo by Adjera Lakehal

For more information on SPACES, click here or download the PDF below. 

🇫🇷 For the French version of this page, click here.