My name is Colette Dalal Tchantcho. I am an actor, theatre maker and creator. I am many things. I am a performance artist, poet, musician, aspiring tailor…
There are many facets to my creative spirit and though I’ve made many discoveries in my development as an artist, I am still at the beginning of finding the voice of my authentic expression.
In my work there are no taboos. My existence as a black, queer woman of mixed background means that there are many issues that intersect in my daily life and therefore in my work. I live my truth in order to access the source of my creativity, to continue growing and learning. A lot of my work and interests start with the body. My belief is that the physical form connects directly to the emotions and the spirit stored within, and says things that words sometimes cannot. This stems from a childhood in which Arabic, French and English were spoken around me with varying degrees of fluency, where gesture filled the gaps between broken sentences. When writing, my undiagnosed dyslexia meant I often spent time using movement to evoke words that others would then help me to articulate. In that sense, movement has been my path into communication and as a storyteller I use this as a fundamental tool.
As an actor I perform on theatre mainstages, devise new projects and have worked in TV, commercials and art films. The work I develop as a creator is an exploration of the restrictions of the past, the tasks of the present, my desires for and fears of the future, and the free world of my imagination. It’s a revealing and vulnerable process full of honesty that asks a lot of me. But I hope it’s a way into integrity and transparency.
Sometimes my work is a prayer to the universe, sometimes it’s just a conversation. Sometimes it is a story that needs to be told, sometimes it is my activism or imagination gone wild. So I hope that it takes people on a journey, that it challenges and stretches the mind. I am many things.
“Particularly outstanding in her vocal parts was black female singer Colette Dalal Tchantcho… Her deep low voice stirred emotions each time, not only when singing, but also in ‘To be or not to be’ monologue…”
Instytut Psychologil, Unlwersytet Wrocławski
Certified Translation from Polish
‘Colette Dalal Tchantcho offers a hugely impressive Orsino – a no nonsense man –
authoritative, stern and with a wonderful timbre of voice.’