L'association Fos kiltirel KAMODJAKA a été crée en 1998 afin de répondre à un besoin pressant d'activités culturelles autour de la danse traditionnelle, des jeunes du Nord Grande Terre. Cette structure sous couvert de la 1901, a les objectifs suivants : • Apprendre et faire apprendre aux personnes volontaires notre culture autour des danses et des musiques traditionnelles guadeloupéennes tel le gwo-ka, la biguine, le quadrille. • Monter des spectacles de danses traditionnelles singulières et originales en se basant sur des problématiques actuelles et futurs (ex ; le sida, la pollution, l'immigration estudiantine) et en utilisant un traitement contemporain de l'espace scénique, des corps, des relations, de la musique. • Permettre aux jeunes qui pratiquent le hip hop de créer un nouveau style : le hiphopka (depuis 1998) • Donner à tous un espace de rencontre convivial inter générationnel • Faire connaître nos danses à l'extérieur : Caraïbes, France, Europe, Afrique, USA. • S'ouvrir vers les autres en facilitant les échanges • Multiplier les stages de formations « mes é labitid » autour de la tradition : stage de léwoz, maré tèt, fè chapo, maké kréyol,jouwé Bènaden, fè cerf volant etc.. • Eduquer à la citoyenneté : respect de soi, des autres, de l'environnement, apprendre à s'aimer pour aimer l'autre.se baser sur cette expression chère à nos grands parents : LONÈ É RÈSPÉ (honneur et respect)
• 5 créations chorégraphiques majeures : -«vwèl o van ;si lanmè té ka palé ».route du rhum 2001 -« Bandé : Solitude graine de rebelles ». juillet 2002 -« pli ba ki kabann a krapo » Décembre 2003 -« kokèlèz » juillet 2005 - « nou ka sanm san sanm men nou ansam » juillet 2006
• 8 pays : plus de 20 spectacles : Trinidad, Barbade, Tobago, Antigua, Sénégal, St martin, Marie-Galante, France. • 15 latilyés( master class) : lewoz, bènaden,mayolè,maré tèt,etc..
Notre philosophie :
« sa ki taw fey , koulèv an tôch pa ka gra »
Apprends à bien connaître et à pratiquer ce que a, ce que tu es, ce qui ne t'empêches pas de découvrir l'autre et de l'apprécier : le nombrilisme et la méconnaissance de soi n'enrichissent pas l'homme dans ses relations avec lui-même et avec les autres»
Pawol ay: "Sa ki ta-w fèy, koulèv an toch pa ka gra", "ouvew si-w menm, si la karaib, si lè mond, alos pou sa fo-w palé kréyol, fransé, anglé, pangnol, dayè pou yonn, koumansé dèpi a prézan"
Raymonde TORIN, née PATER, was born in BAD'LASOUS in Pointe - Pitre on January 24, 1962. For her primary classes and junior classes she was in Dubouchage where she met a key figure who was to influence her professional career path significantly as well as her cultural commitment: Miss CACHEMIRE. Just like her she became a Physical and Sports Education teacher and embraced the cause of the teaching of traditional dance at school, from nursery school to university. In spite of spending 4 years away in Reims (France) at Clemenceau Senior High School, she came back home in 1979, even more determined to serve her two loves: sport and gwo-ka (dance and music). Simultaneously she entered the Antilles- Guyane CREPS( the regional sports centre) and founded with Félix FLAUZIN and some other friends from the neighbourhood of Carénage, the Association KASANGWA ( ka sé san a neg gwadloup/ drum ka is the guadeloupean negroes' blood). Success came from both sides. Unfortunately Kasangwa, the victim of its youthfulness was to see its members go away for their university education. In 1983, Raymonde was appointed as a teacher of PE at the senior high school Lycée Faustin Fléret in Morne-à-l'eau. In 1987, she met again her former PE mistress, Miss Cachemire at Pointe à pitre MJC (a cultural centre for young people) and entered her school as a dancer. In 1989, under the tutelage of Akademiduka she represented the French overseas “departments” and territories (DOM TOM) in INDIA, Italy and Marseille. In 1990 she started as a teacher of traditional dances at the AKADEMIDUKA, a dancing school created and run by Jacqueline CACHEMIRE THÔLE and Yves THÔLE. In 1991 she became a qualified secondary school teacher and also the contact teacher for the traditional dances in the Antilles- Guyane Educational Region (Académie Antilles Guyane) From 1992 to 1995 she was the trainer of the trainers for dance teaching and for the competitive exam CAPEPS. In 1999 she was a trainer at the Akademiduka for the leaders of traditional dances with optional educational methods: theoretical and practical courses. In 1996 with the Akademiduka Company she staged “Tambour Babel” by Ernest PEPIN, spurred on by Jacqueline CACHEMIRE THÔLE. In 1998 encouraged by former students and friends from Mownalo ( Morne-à-l'Eau) she founded the association FOS KILTIREL KAMODJAKA ( Cultural Force Kamodjaka) In 2001 the creation of her school art workshop named “oppression, repression, rebellion, re-creation” was performed at the cultural centre ARTCHIPEL and on the Boulevard des Héros in Abymes on May 27, 2001 as the statue of DELGRES was being erected there. That same year she was appointed at the cultural department of Education in Guadeloupe as the person in charge of dancing teaching in the secondary schools (lycées). Between 1993 and 1995 she was the first Guadeloupean woman appointed as a member of the national board of examiners for the competitive exam CAPEPS.
From 1991 to 1993 she participated in the tropical symposium “integration of traditional dances into the syllabus and the exams, Baccalauréat ( the equivalent of A-level) with optional dance and the exam for qualification as a primay school teacher”. From 1983 to 2001, with her students taking dance as their sports activity at Faustin Fléret High School, she took part in the events and competitive dance meetings in which they were regularly among the best three groups. Award-winning choreographies: Kamodja swaré boukousou mon san mélé, de l'esclavage des nègres à l'escalade des meurtres, chapo ba size pou y, sé vré
A few choreographic creations : 1998: homage to Carnot ( Church Square in Mownalo) 1999: « si douvan pot té ka palé » ( « and what if the place in front of the houses could talk”) ( Place Gerty Archimède) 2000 : « Tim Tim Bwa Sek » (auberge le Relax) March 2001 symposium « Rouvè la Ronde Ka-Belè » en Martinique Lecture and training session for Lewoz 2001 “ On dimanche à Babin” Plage de Babin.
Since 1998 she has regularly participated in the gwo-ka festival in Sainte-Anne as a choreographer and also as a lecturer and a dance teacher. In December 2001 she realised a choreographic creation at Darboussier disused sugar factory for the biennial event for G. Adélaïde, with the assistance of two major choreographers of Guadeloupean dancing: Lena BLOU and Jacqueline CACHEMIRE THÔLE. Other significant shows: March 2002 for the UGTG ( Guadeloupean Union) 's congress, “Respect the Law”, at the Village Hall in Lamentin. July 2003 “Sik sosé an myèl”( “sugar dipped into honey” so sweet sweet ) is performed in Centre des Arts the cultural centre in Pointe-à-Pitre.
In July 2005 her last production was about the life in a cockfighting house “KOKELEZ”. It was a honour for her and all of kamodjaka members to receive a delegation from Antigua ,composed with Heather DORAM, the director of cultural minister of Antigua, and SEPHORA and TALIA ,two dance teachers . Since two years ago, she made workshop in this country and received in Guadeloupe, dancers of different schools dance to practicet Guadeloupe drum dances..
KAPMODJAKA means KA from GWO-KA, music and dance of Guadeloupe MODJA from modern jazz black American dance, KA from karaïb all Caribbean dance. She wants to have a melting pot of black dance you can find in Caribbean country but with a gwo-ka basic. To do it, each two years, she travel with her company to the different islands ,Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados, Santo Domingo, Smarten, Antigua.
In July 2005 they went to Senegal to do a kind of “come back” but also to perform and show our “family” what we keep about African culture, in particularity the drum. It was a very famous and important experience
For the philosophy and the originality of her shows she finds her inspiration in the traditional corps to express the contemporary, making it a point to besiege, as often as possible and fitting, public and open air places such as church squares, marketplaces, disused factories, vestiges of dwelling places, tufa quarries etc...
Her written work ( private publication) “ Une danse guadeloupéenne à l'école: le Gwo-Ka” (A Guadeloupean dance at school: le Gwo ka”) Dissertation done for qualification as a PE teacher 1983 “ An nou apwann dansé an rond a Léwoz” ( Let's learn how to dance in a Léwoz) doc Kamo 1999 “On weekenn pou apwann joué Benaden” (A week end to learn Benaden)doc Kamo 2001.