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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Rokia Traoré / Faso Danse Théâtre, Ruhrtriennale

29.01 > 02.02.2019

Following on the success of his previous spectacle Kalakuta Republik – which was a homage to Fela Kuti – Serge Aimé Coulibaly was inspired this time by one of the foundational battles of West Africa: Kirina is a contemporary epic drawing on history and fiction. On stage we have nine dancers, six musicians, one storyteller, and forty extras bringing to life the story of a people filled with hope and rebellion marching towards their future.

With a book by author and economist Felwine Sarr and music from legendary singer Rokia Traoré, Serge Aimé Coulibaly deploys a choreographic vocabulary based on interior violence and fragility. At the juncture of the great Greek tragedies and the Biblical and African myths, Kirina is a theatre of battles, cathartic celebrations, sacrifices and unions.

In this great fresco where dance is a march forward and that march is transformation, is an ageless story both symbolic and pagan, which evokes the need for migration.


  • - 20:15

    Introduction - 19:45

  • - 19:30

    <a href="">discussion 'Builders of Stories' after show</a>

  • - 20:15

    + <a href="">concert Désir Fiorini - 22:00</a>

  • - 20:15
  • - 20:15

    + <a href="">concert Orage Plastique - 22:00</a>



FR — Surtitles EN




Grande salle

Surrounding the show

Introduction 29.01.2019 - 19:45 (15')

Discussion 'Builders of Stories' after show 30.01.2019

Sound level

category 2


Concept and direction
Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Composition and musical direction
Rokia Traoré

Based on a libretto by
Felwine Sarr

Sara Vanderieck

Choregraphy assistant
Sayouba Sigué

Catherine Cosme

Salah Barka

Light design
Nathalie Perrier

Video (design)
Eve Martin

Creation and performance
Marion Alzieu, Ida Faho, Jean-Robert Koudogbo, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebié, Daisy Phillips/Giulia Cenni, Issa Sanou, Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura

Text and performance
Ali ‘Doueslik’ Ouédraogo

Aly Keita/Youssouf Keita, Saidou Ilboudo, Mohammed Kanté, Yohann Le Ferrand

Naba Aminata Traoré, Marie Virginie Dembélé

Video operator and stage manager
Jérémy Vanoost

Light operator
Hermann Coulibaly

Sound operator
Ralph M’Fah-Traoré

Extra’s from Brussels

Laure Louvat, Hanna El Fakir

Technical director
Jan Mergaert

Artistic advisor
Thomas Prédour

Faso Danse Théâtre, Lies Martens

Executive production
les ballets C de la B

Frans Brood Productions

Faso Danse Théâtre, Ruhrtriennale

Festival de Marseille, ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, les ballets C de la B,  La Villette Paris, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Romaeuropa Festival, Kampnagel Hambourg, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq, De Grote Post Oostende, Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent

With the support of
la Féderation Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles International,Taxshelter Belgium

Thanks to
Ankata (Bobo-Dioulasso), Fondation Passerelle (Bamako)

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