09.04.19, 19:00,
Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal

For the creation of Kirina Serge Aimé Coulibaly drew on inspiration from his African background and his reflections on the world of today. The piece is named after a battle of the Mandinka people in the 12th Century, of great importance to Western Africa, but is neither a direct description of the historic events nor a performance by African artists about Africa, but a tale of Coulibaly’s contemporary globalised reality. It is about human beings on the move: Occurrences that trigger and control migrant flows and their influence on societies.

The seed for this piece was sown by the so-called European refugee crisis in 2015, Coulibaly was deeply touched by how inhumanly it was described and classified. Further inspiration came from Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr, who wrote a much debated long essay, “Afrotopia”, putting up a new image of Africa. Sarr delivered the libretto for Kirina. The contemporary arrangements of Mandika music were conducted by internationally acclaimed Malian musician Rokia Traoré.

Duration: 90 min

Afterwards artist talk with Serge Aimé Coulibaly & Arlette-Louise Ndakoze

Concept,choreography: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Composer, musical direction: Rokia Traoré
Libretto: Felwine Sarr
Dramaturgy: Sara Vanderieck
Assistent choreography: Sayouba Sigué
Scenic direction: Catherine Cosme
Costumes: Salah Barka
Light design: Nathalie Perrier
Video: Eve Martin
Dance: Marion Alzieu, Ida Faho, Jean‐Robert Koudogbo Kiki, Ali Ouédraogo, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebie, Daisy Phillips /Giulia Cenni, Issa Sanou, Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura
Text: Ali ‘Doueslik’ Ouédraogo
Music: Aly Keita (Balafon), Saïdou Ilboudo (Percussion), Mohamed Kante (Bass), Yohann Le Ferrand (Gitarre)
Singers: Naba Traoré, Virginie Dembélé
Extras: 20 local extras
Video- and stage technic: Jérémy Vanoost
Sound technic: Ralph M’Fah-Traoré
Light technic: Hermann Coulibaly
Administrative direction: Lies Martens
Production direction: Eline Vanfleteren, Laure Louvat, Hanna el Fakir

A production by the Faso Danse Théâtre and the Ruhrtriennale in co-production with Festival de Marseille, Kampnagel Hamburg, La Villette Paris, les ballets C de la B, Théâtre National Wallonnie Bruxelles, Romaeuropa Festival, De Grote Post Oostende, Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq, ExtraPôle Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur.

In cooperation with Lux aeterna.

Special thanks: Ankata (Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso), Fondation Passerelle (Bamako, Mali).

Funded by Federation of Wallonie-Brüssel, Wallonie-Brüssel International En Taxshelter Belgien.


Photos © Philippe Magoni