Sat 18 Aug20:00 – 21:30First performanceZeche Zweckel, GladbeckMaschinenhalle ZweckelPast event
Sun 19 Aug20:00 – 21:30PerformanceZeche Zweckel, GladbeckMaschinenhalle ZweckelPast event
Tue 21 Aug20:00 – 21:30PerformanceZeche Zweckel, GladbeckMaschinenhalle ZweckelPast event
Wed 22 Aug20:00 – 21:30PerformanceZeche Zweckel, GladbeckMaschinenhalle ZweckelPast event
“Wanderers who arrive in a country will spend a long time helping to build that country. That is human reality and its hope.”
In Kirina Serge Aimé Coulibaly makes internal migration within the continent of Africa the theme of a choreographic, musical and intellectual exploration. Migratory movements have always had a key effect on our cultures and been agents of transformation. What are the languages, musical forms and narratives that have been created through migration and how have these influenced the cultures of other peoples and countries? In his search for a contemporary language equipped to question the present world and its underlying systems, Serge Aimé Coulibaly will address the founding myths of West African culture and how its stories operate across generations in the consciousness of today’s societies and influence their visions of the future. Kirina is the name of a place in present day Guinea that has deep symbolic significance for the foundation of West African culture.
In Rokia Traoré, the internationally celebrated musician from neighbouring Mali who creates her own contemporary version of classical Mandinka music, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, himself from Burkina Faso, has found an ideal partner for this new work. His choreography will be enhanced by four musicians and the dialogue between two singers and one narrator. The intellectual and textual basis for the work will be provided by the Senegalese economist and musician Felwine Sarr, author of the book Afrotopia, with its pleas for an African “contemporanéité”.
Dancer and choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly has been a company member with, among others, Alain Platel and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He works in Ogadougou / Burkina Faso, in Brussels and around the world. In 2002 he founded his own company, Faso Danse Théâtre. His work features a powerful dance vocabulary and strong political motivation.
A free bus transfer runs on the 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd of August from Essen main station (departure 18.30, stop in front of Haus der Technik) to Maschinenhalle Zweckel and back.
Please reserve a seat at +49 (0) 221 28 02 10. A seat reservation is possible at the latest by 15.00 the day before the event. Unreserved seats can be directly booked at the bus (but there is no guarantee of a free seat).
Composition and Musical Direction Rokia Traoré
Libretto Felwine Sarr
Dramaturgy Sara Vanderieck
Assistant choreography Sayouba Sigué
Stage design Catherine Cosme
Costume Design Salah Barka
Light Design Nathalie Perrier
Video Editing and Compositing Eve Martin
With Marion Alzieu, Ida Faho, Jean Robert Koudogbo, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebié, Ali "Doueslik" Ouédraogo, Daisy Ransom Phillips, Issa Sanou, Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura
Introduction And Further Information
Introduction 45 minutes prior to show.
Artist talk 19th of August after the performance
A production by Faso Danse Théâtre and the Ruhrtriennale. Executive producer: les ballets C de la B. In co-production with Festival de Marseille, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Théâtre Paris-Villette, Théâtre de Namur, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Romaeuropa Festival, Kampnagel Hamburg, De Grote Post Ostend, Vooruit Gent, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq und ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. With the support of Féderation Wallonie-Bruxelles and Taxshelter Belgium. Tourmanagement: Frans Brood Productions. Special thanks to Ankata and Fondation Passerelle.
With support of the Féderation Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Taxshelter Belgium.
Language information: French with German and English surtitles