Léwé ou l’enfance de l’art has evolved from the training Danse de Création. The starting point in the performance is a recognizable idea for all children: What do I want to become when I grow up? Below it is a more severe theme: child slavery, still widely occurring in Benin (in 2011 was more than 20% of children below 14 years old working under poor circomstances).
Whilst other children dream of a profession as a lawyer, doctor or pilot, Léwé wants to become a dancer. However the combination of dancing and going to school is not that easy in Benin. Especially not for girls. Lewe however is stubborn, runs into trouble at school and with her father and she’s turned out onto the streets. A spooky man finds her there and turns her into his house slave. Here it is her stubbornness and power that safes her; Léwé sees a chance to escape and by dancing she knows how to develop her personality. Thanks to her free spirit and creativity she succeeds to break through the resistance of her father and teacher. She can go back, both home and to school, and continue to dance. One day she might become a much better lawyer or engineer, or maybe a dancer.