KVS & les ballets C de la B / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

KVS & les ballets C de la B

Coup Fatal

17-19 DEC 2015
Main Stage
1 hour and 40 minutes
The Belgian choreographer Alain Platel stages a spectacular dance production which takes audiences on a colourful musical journey to the distant Congo.
EARLY BIRD until 18 NOV:
13 - 20 €
Full price: 15 – 18 – 28 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 - 14 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 - 12 - 20 €  
People with disabilities: 5€ -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €
The celebrated and highly eclectic les ballets C de la B company remains true to its motto once again: “This dance is for the world and the world is for everyone”.

This time, director Alain Platel from les ballets C de la B -well-known for his outspoken and highly politicized views on the performing arts- taking charge of the direction, joins forces with Fabrizio Cassol -assuming the role of musical director-, with the superb Congolese counter-tenor Serge Kakudji and with the Congolese guitarist Rodriguez Vangama as the musical leader. A musical celebration, a minor miracle, an outlandish opera with the look and feel of a concert of Congolese music, the performance combines dance with theatre and awe-inspiring musicians.

Like all the company’s productions, Coup Fatal is profoundly political, confronting the audience with an Africa of which it can know little. The emotive arias of the virtuoso Congolese counter-tenor Serge Kakudji, the inspiration behind the production, share the stage with the astonishing African rhythms of the band of musicians from his homeland and -as if by magic- the baroque music has been transformed into something quite unprecedented; something utterly new. The delicate transitions from the Congolese rumba to the baroque prelude shed an entirely new light on Bach, Handel and Vivaldi’s music, its qualities, harmonies, rhythms and -above all- emotions.
Tears alternate with impassioned ‘yeah-yeahs’ in this unique celebration in honour of all the black children who so desperately want to live despite the men who cling so stubbornly to the miseries of war. The curtain looks as though it’s made of chains, but they’re really empty casings from bullets fired in the war -the work of the visual artist Freddy Tsimba who lives and works in Kinshasa, where he makes large-scale sculptures out of the empty cartridges he collects in local war zones.

Coup Fatal is a production whose movement, music and emotions are all utterly unrestrained. The stage fills with an Africa, playful and celebratory, hurting but brimming over with humour and knowledge. The choreographic material and the costumes have turned to the elaborate dress code of the Kinshasa dandies for inspiration, revealing to us the elegance and the refinement of the young Congolese with a passion for cosmopolitan cool and genuine Dior.


Counter tenor: Serge Kakudji
Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
Artistic direction: Alain Platel
Musical direction: Fabrizio Cassol
A project by: Russell Tshiebua (backing vocals), Bule Mpanya (backing vocals), Rodriguez Vangama (electric guitar, balaphone), Costa Pinto (acoustic guitar), Bouton Kalanda (likembe), Erick Ngoya (likembe), Silva Makengo (likembe), Tister Ikomo (xylophone), Deb’s Bukaka (balaphone), Cédrick Buya (percussion),  Jean-Marie Matoko (percussion), 36 Seke (percussion)
Compositions: Rodriguez Vangama, Fabrizio Cassol and Coup Fatal
after: Händel, Vivaldi, Bach,Monteverdi,Gluck
Idea by Serge Kakudji and Paul Kerstens
Assistance artistic direction: Romain Guion & Isnelle da Silveira
Scenography: Freddy Tsimba
Light design: Carlo Bourguignon
Sound design: Max Stuurman
Costume design: Dorine Demuynck
Light technician: Luc Laroy
Stage manager: Lieven Symaeys
Photography: Chris Van der Burght
Production management: Eline Vanfleteren, Paul Kerstens
Tour management: Hanna El Fakir, Paul Kerstens
Production: KVS & les ballets C de la B
Co-production: Théâtre national de Chaillot (Paris), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d’Avignon, Theater im Pfalzbau (Ludwigshafen), TorinoDanza, Opéra de Lille, Wiener Festwochen
Supported by: City of Brussels, City of Ghent, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Province of East-Flanders, the Flemish Authorities  

Many thanks to: Isnelle da Silveira, Dominique Mesa, Kathryn Brahy, Michel Lastshenko, Bogdan Vanden Berghe, 11.11.11, Françoise Gardies, Faustin Linyekula, Anja Stroobants, Bernard Debroux
Diffusion: Frans Brood Productions

Friday 18 December
After performance talk with members of Coup Fatal
Chaired by Christiana Galanopoulou, art historian & artistic director of MIRfestival

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26 - 29 Feb 2016

21:00 Upper Stage
Full price: 15 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 10 €
Large groups
(10+ people): 9 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €


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9 - 10 Apr 2016

20:30 Main Stage
Full price: 15 – 18 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 – 14 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €


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