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.

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  • Language

    FR — Surtitles EN

  • Duration


  • Venue

    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

  • See also...

    Habiter le monde poétiquement


  • 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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