Inspired by Fela Kuti, the Nigerian composer, saxophonist, conductor, political activist and inventor of Afrobeat, the Belgian-Burkinan choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly has created a new performance in which politics is more than just a vague dramaturgical undertone.
A dizzying fusion of dance, music and revolution, inspired by the supercharged music and scandalous life of Fela Kuti. Pioneering dancer and choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly takes Kuti’s life as inspiration for this visually stunning, hypnotic dance work for seven performers. In Coulibaly’s dynamic, demanding choreography, dance becomes a symbol of transformation, a ceaseless march towards ultimate freedom.
Kalakuta Republik was presented as one of the official selections at both the Festival d’Avignon (2017) and the Edinburgh International Festival (2019).
Production: Faso Danse Théâtre & Les Halles de Schaerbeek
Coproduction: Maison de la Danse Lyon (FR), TorinoDanza (IT), Le Manège – Scène nationale de Maubeuge (FR), Le Tarmac – La scène internationale francophone Paris (FR), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU), Ankata Bobo Dioulasso (BF), Les Récréâtrales Ouagadougou (BF), CC De Grote Post Oostende (BE), Festival AfriCologne (DE)
- Genre: Dance
- World premiere: November '16 Ouagadougou (BF)
- Direction: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
- Creation & performance: Adonis Nebié, Marion Alzieu, Sayouba Sigué, Serge Aimé Coulibaly/ Jean-Robert KoudogboKiki, Ahmed Soura, Ida Faho, Antonia Naouele
"In Kalakuta Republik Serge Aimé Coulibaly magically combines music, dance and the African revolution."
La Libre Belgique
"Afro-beat, seduction, power and rebellion are the four strands running through Kalakuta Republik, a bittersweet ode to the legendary musician Fela Kuti. One of the most striking discoveries of the 2017 Festival d'Avignon."
"The result is a non-stop succession of movements in a thrillingly inventive act of choreographic rebellion. The second part demolishes the clichés of the wild party and confirms his talent. In this one work, while remaining true to himself, the choreographer has crystallised years of research."
"A superb, committed piece, Kalakuta Republik is inventive in terms of movement and is, above all, a feast for both the eye and the ear."