‘In Kirundi, the language spoken in Burundi, Icirori means: to look into your inner mirror, to look at your inner suffering so that you can live with it.
In my quest for identity, I invite us to think,
to listen, to hear our history differently.
To shift our gaze,
to make us, the invisibilized, the subject.
I am an adopted adult.
Today, I have decided to return to Burundi.
the bodies, the smells, the lights,
the traumas in my memory.
In this chapter, ICIRORI, I will share this new memory born from my return after twenty-eight years. An immersive performance in a changing, hybrid format that invites human sharing, towards an us.’
Drawing on the need to delve into her own history as an illegally adopted child, Consolate takes us to the heart of her world using sounds, smells and images. She shares her memories in order to question our sensory memory and makes us see and hear similar life stories — documents that immerse us in issues related to transnational adoption and postcolonial questions.
ICIRORI, a hybrid performance that is constantly evolving, invites sharing and allows us to live a collective experience of the self.
Coproduction Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Conception, writing, drawings and interpretation
Scenography, costume and accessories creation
Collective la ClaM - Lou Van Egmond & Charlotte Persoons
Body and external outlook
Dramaturgy and external outlook
Pedagogy – Research linked with Burundi
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (Joachim Hesse) for their support in the creation of the scenography, and to Ema September for her participation in its creation process.
Capitoline et Joseph
Latitudes Prod. – Lille
La Charge du Rhinocéros
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Maison de la Culture de Tournai / Maison de Création, Théâtre de Liège, Latitudes Contemporaines
Partners in diffusion
MARS, Mons Arts de la Scène / Festival Latitudes Contemporaines
ICIRORI is developed with the support of the "écran vivant" device of the Office National de Diffusion Artistique (ONDA) and the aid for multidisciplinary projects of the Maison de la Musique Contemporaines
ICIRORI's first steps in the creation process have been developped thanks to the support of Théâtre de la Bellone and Théâtre des Tanneurs.