Deicy Sanches

Deicy Sanches is a French of Cape Verdean origin director and dancer. She has a Master's degree in Arts, Literature and Languages, majoring in Cinema and Audiovisual Studies, from the University of Paris Nanterre.

Her heritage and sensitivity have led her to explore issues of identity, colonisation and bodily memory through movement, using a variety of media: film, dance and music. In 2020, in collaboration with designer Teddy Sanches, she wrote and directed the movie Envahisseurs, shot on film, about hip-hop dance and the notion of the circle, which she exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo as part of the Audi talents programme.

Passionate about house music and clubbing culture, she is interested in post-colonial musical movements that mix electronic music with traditional and modern music from so-called Portuguese-speaking African countries.

In 2022, she was the laureate of the Trame residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where she carried out research into the dances of resistance that emerged from slavery and were born out of the cultural breakdown of the populations deported to the New World.

In 2023, she directed a dance short, In Between, at Villa Kujoyama, Japan, which questioned the body and the different feminine and masculine energies that make it up, as well as its relationship to the living, inspired by African visions of the world where man is intertwined with the cosmos, nature and the community. 

In 2024, she was invited, in collaboration with designer Teddy Sanches, to give a Carte Blanche at the Bozar museum in Brussels, as part of their nocturnes and the opening of their Afropolitan Festival. Together, Deicy and Teddy Sanches took over the museum with a talk by Olivier Marboeuf and Alessandra Seutin, a performance by 8 dancers, film screenings and DJ sets, including one by artist Kem Kem.