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Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Kalakuta Republik © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • Immobility as an introduction, with six dancers on the stage. Soon they are joined by a seventh. And from that number, which could define an order and impose absolutes, explode frenetic races and endless marches that are like so many angry metaphors for an urgent desire to live... The stage then starts too look a lot like the Shrine, that mythical, hybrid place, at once temple and night club, where Fela Kuti used to sing his hope and his revolt after praying with the audience. For Kalakuta Republik, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, the Burkinabé choreographer, draws inspiration from the music and the scandalous life of the Nigerian singer and musician, a politically-active artist who, from a stage-soapbox, angrily denounced the corruption of power, sexism, inequalities, and multinational corporations. Kalakuta Republic is the name he'd given to his residence, in the suburb of Lagos, a place he saw as an independent republic. A herald of counterculture in West Africa, Fela Kuti and his personality, his engagement, his revolts, and his revolutionary afrobeat, are at the heart of what inspired this show, which focuses on the unquenchable thirst for freedom of today's youth in Burkina Faso. Kalakuta Republik isn't a biography of Fela Kuti, nor is it a musical show based on his work. It is an exploration of artistic engagement and of the position adopted by politically-minded artists in today's society. For Serge Aimé Coulibaly, dance is a march, and marching is a transformation: “marchers who come to a country will contribute to the building of that country for a long time to come. That is the reality of humanity, its hope.”

     

    Serge Aimé Coulibaly
    Serge Aimé Coulibaly was born in 1972 in Bobo-Dioulasso, the economic capital of Burkina Faso. In 1993, with no prior training, he joined the company Feeren, directed by Amadou Bourou, who gave him a part in a show only two months after his arrival. A gifted dancer, he performed in many shows before starting to work on his own choreographies. In 1998, he designed the choreography for the opening ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations. He moved to Europe in 2001, where his path crossed Nathalie Cornille's in Lille and Claude Brumachon's in Nantes, before he joined les ballets C. de la B. in Belgium, giving remarkable performances in Alain Platel's Wolf and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Tempus Fugit. In 2002, he founded the company Faso Danse Théâtre, and created his first solo, Minimini. Since then, he has created nine other shows, including A Benguer (2006), Solitude d'un Homme Intègre (Loneliness of an Honest Man, 2007), and Nuit blanche à Ouagadougou (Sleepless Night in Ouagadougou, 2014). With their critical look at modern Africa, the West, and their shared history, Serge Aimé Coulibaly's undoubtedly political shows have sometimes been called visionary; they question in real time the hopes of an African youth he accompanies in all its endeavours, including its revolutions.

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    Choreography Serge Aimé Coulibaly
    Music Yvan Talbot
    Dramaturgy Sara Vanderieck
    Stage design and costumes Catherine Cosme
    Lights Hermann Coulibaly
    Video Ève Martin
    Sound Sam Serruys
    Assistant choreographer Sayouba Sigué

    With Marion Alzieu, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Ida Faho, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebié,
    Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura

    Production

    Production Faso Danse Théâtre, Halles de Schaerbeek (Bruxelles)
    Co-production Maison de la Danse de Lyon, Torinodanza, Le Manège Scène nationale de Maubeuge, Le Tarmac (Paris), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Ankata (Bobo-Dioulasso), Les Récréâtrales (Ouagadougou), Festival Africologne, De Grote Post (Ostende)
    With the support of Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles And for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon : Fondation BNP Paribas
    Artistic residence Musée des Confluences (Lyon)
    In partnership with France Médias Monde

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On tour

  • Paris
  • from 16-01-2018
    to 19-01-2018
  • Le Tarmac
  • La Rochelle
  • from 06-02-2018
    to 08-02-2018
  • La Coursive
  • Strasbourg
  • from 17-04-2018
    to 18-04-2018
  • Pôle Sud

AND...

  • Show
  • UNWANTED

    • Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon
    • Running time 1h15
     
 
  • TICHÈLBÈ

  • Lost at Sea

  • Figninto - The Pierced Eye

    • Théâtre Benoît-XII
    • Running time 1h45
     
 
  • Show
  • BASOKIN

    • Cour du collège Vernet
    • Running time 1h15
     
 
 
 
  • Show
  • Black Woman

    • Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes
    • Running time 1h30 approx.