Marcel Gbeffa is a dancer-choreographer and Artistic Director of the Centre Choregraphique Multicorps in Cotonou, Benin and choreographer of Cie Multicorps / Marcel Gbeffa. In 2007 he created the solo “Et Si …” which launched his international career at the Choreographic Encounters “Danse l’Afrique Danse 2010” in Bamako, Mali. Initially self-taught, he participated in workshops and courses including the 8th edition of professional training of traditional and Contemporary African dance at Germaine Acogny‘s Ecole des Sables in Senegal.
In 2008, he joined Andréya Ouamba and his company 1erTemps, with whom he worked as assistant and dancer in works such as “Palabre”; “Sueur des shadows”, « J’ai arrêté de croire au future» which was presented at the Théâtre de ville Les Abbesses in Paris in December 2013. He has toured in Africa, Europe and the USA with Andréya Ouamba and American choreographer Reggie Wilson.
Concurrently, he developed his own vocabulary and projects in Africa, Brazil and Europe. He created the duets “Primitive Shadow”, “Solitudes Blues” (in collaboration with choreographer Maria-Luisa Angulo of Trias Culture) and the duet “Vodoun” (a Benin/Brazil project). In co-production with the Zinsou Foundation, he created the group works “Sans regard”, “Le couloir sombre de l’amour”, “Noir mirage” and “Root’in”. “ His latest solo creation, “Derrière le Rideau” has been an evolution for him choreographically and has led to more touring. After the tour of his trio “Les entrailles de l’identité”, he co-choreographed “Illusion” with Fatou Cissé from Senegal and « Empoigné(e)s » with French Vincent Fritshi and Céline Coyac Attindehou on the subject of disability. He is currently creating a new work with US-based Wendy Jehlen on repetition in movement.