Serge Aimé Coulibaly / Faso Danse Théâtre & Halles de Schaerbeek

Kalakuta Republik

Theaterzaal - Dance

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The inventor of afrobeat. Nigerian activist. Political prisoner. Fela Anikulapo Kuti was many things, but he was mostly known as an artist- activist who fought for freedom. For Belgian-Burkinabe choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly - previously involved in performances like 'C(h)oeurs' and 'Wolf' by Les Ballets C de la B - Kuti is the ultimate source of inspiration: he based his latest production on the music of the legendary composer and the forces that drove him.

In 'Kalakuta Republic' - named after Kuti's residence in Lagos - Serge Aimé Coulibaly examines how an artist can claim his/her role and place within an African context inside a globalized world. Seven dancers translate that issue into an expressive movement vocabulary reminiscent of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's work. Coulibaly throws traditional repertoire, jazz and club music in the mix.

What emerges is a moving tornado of characters and movements, metaphors for the compelling urgency to live.

'Kalakuta Republic' consists of two parts: one part black-and-white, the other full of color and expression. The stage backdrop refers to our current political and social world and to the Shrine, the mythical temple-nightclub where Fela Kuti sang about hope and rebellion. The spirit of Fela, figurehead of the resistance in West Africa, is palpable throughout this performance.

'Kalakuta Republic' is a thrilling investigation of artistic activism and what it can bring about - a piece of Africa without clichés, in a globalized world - an Africa Serge Aimé Coulibaly and his generation are committed to and want to put in the spotlights.


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 di 03 & wo 04.10 - 20:00 Theaterzaal
€20 / 18 / 16 / 8
aftertalk di 03.10


 concept & choreografie / choreography: Serge Aimé Coulibaly - creatie / creation & cast: Adonis Nebié, Marion Alzieu, Sayouba Sigué, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Ahmed Soura, Ida Faho & Antonia Naouele - muziek / music: Yvan Talbot - video: Eve Martin - dramaturg: Sara Vanderieck - assistent choreografie / choreography: Sayouba Sigué - scenografie & kostuums / scenography & costumes: Catherine Cosme - lichtontwerp / light design: Hermann Coulibaly - techniek / technics: Sam Serruys - productie / production: Faso Danse Théâtre & Halles De Schaerbeek - gedelegeerde productie / delegated production: Halles De Schaerbeek - info & spreiding / distribution: Frans Brood Productions - coproductie / co-production: Maison de la Danse Lyon, Le Tarmac / La scène internationale francophone, TorinoDanza, Ankata Bobo Dioulasso, Les Récréâtrales Ouagadougou, De Grote Post, Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, Le Manège / Scène nationale de Maubeuge & Festival AfriCologne - met de steun van / with the support of: Musée des Confluences & la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - beeld (c) Sophie Garcia