Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Kalakuta Republik

25-27 OCT 2017
Upper Stage
An Africa that concerns us, which we have never seen before, through the eyes of a charismatic choreographer. A whirlwind of music, dance, and politics with Fela Kuti’s music.
Full price: 7, 15 €
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Groups 10+ people: 10 €
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The explosive production of Serge Aimé Coulibaly from Burkina Faso draws inspiration from the music and ideas of Fela Kuti, the charismatic musician, political activist, and uncompromising artist from Nigeria who used his art as a political weapon. We got to know Coulibaly as an incredible and fascinating dancer in Alain Platel’s Wolf and C(h)oeurs by Les Ballets C de la B. Since then, he has founded his own dance company with which he wishes to bridge the gap between his country’s traditions and his experiences from living in Europe.
The political character of Kalakuta Republik is not superficial; it is the very crux of the work. The title refers to the name of Fela Kuti’s first residence at Lagos. In turn, this echoes the name of his first prison cell, where he was detained as a political prisoner. The sets allude to Fela Kuti’s legendary club The Shrine, where he sang of hope and uprising.
Based on Kuti’s music, the brilliant soundtrack creates a distinct universe that supports Coulibaly’s narration. With this music as a backdrop, the seven dancers make history with their bodies, just as their electrified dance raises questions with regard to the artist’s position in contemporary world, particularly in Africa. It is a whirlwind of movement, poetry, political thinking, and worship for life and freedom; a solid African piece without the usual clichés. As Africa seeks to find its place in the globalized world, Serge Aimé Coulibaly and his generation aim to attract the limelight.


Concept, Choreography: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Creation, Interpretation : Adonis Nebié, Marion Alzieu / Daisy Phillips, Sayouba Sigué, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Ahmed Soura, Ida Faho, Antonia Naouele
Music: Yvan Talbot
Video Creation: Eve Martin
Dramaturgy: Sara Vanderieck
Assistant to the Choreographer: Sayouba Sigué
Sets, Costumes: Cathérine Cosme
Lighting: Hermann Coulibaly
Technical Direction: Sam Serruys
Production: Halles de Schaerbeek & Faso Danse Théâtre
Executive Producer: Halles de Schaerbeek
Contact, Touring: Frans Brood Productions

Coproduction: Maison de la Danse (Lyon), Torinodanza (Turin), Le Manège –Scène nationale de Maubeuge, Le Tarmac – La scène internationale francophone (Paris), Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, Ankata (Bobo Dioulasso), Les Récréâtrales (Ouagadougou), Festival Africologne (Cologne), De Grote Post (Ostend).

With the support of the Musée des Confluences, Lyon (in the form of a residency), and with the support of la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, service de la danse.

Thursday 26 October
After performance talk with Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Moderated by Tassos Koukoutas, dance theorist

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