“Kirina was such an inspiring performance; the audience and the press have been very impressed and celebrated the piece as a great success. With the astonishing stage presence of the performers, the thrilling and touching music and mostly with its intelligent and sensitive approach to the postcolonial African identity, it has been such an important piece and enrichment for the whole festival program.” – Stefanie Carp, artistic director Ruhrtriennale

Using inspiration from his own African background and his reflections on today’s world, Serge Aimé Coulibaly created Kirina, a narrative about his contemporary and globalized daily reality. Kirina is not the reenactment of a historic event from West-African History. The original epic only served as an inspiration during the creation, as did many other epic stories and real contemporary events. Kirina is not a performance by African artists about Africa. It is a performance by world citizens –
a choreographer with and an artistic team of members both with and without African roots – and inspired by their actual globalized reality. Derived from these inspirations, Coulibaly created a performance about people on the move, the events that color and possibly direct these migrations and their influences on society.

Production: Faso Danse Théâtre & Ruhrtriennale
Coproduction: Festival de Marseille (FR), La Villette Paris (FR), les ballets C de la B (BE), Théâtre National Wallonnie-Bruxelles (BE), RomaEuropa Festival (IT), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), De Grote Post Oostende (BE), Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent (BE), La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR), ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (FR)

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Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Faso Danse Théâtre
  • Genre: Dance / Music
  • World premiere: June '18 Festival de Marseille & Ruhrtriennale
  • Direction: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
  • Creation & performance: Marion Alzieu, Ida Faho, Jean-Robert KoudogboKiki, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebie, Daisy Phillips/ Giulia Cenni, Issa Sanou, Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura, Ali ‘Doueslik’ Ouédraogo, Aly Keita/Youssouf Keita (balafoon), Saidou Ilboudo (percussie), Mohamed Kanté (basgitaar), Yohann Le Ferrand (gitaar), Naba Aminata Traoré (zang), Marie Virginie Dembélé (zang)

“Kirina is a show where everything enchants: the music by Rokia Traoré who takes the guts to the explosive choreography of Serge Aimé Coulibaly and the energy and power of multiple body gestures.”

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Date Group Production Location Organizer
02-06-2022 - 03-06-2022 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Kirina Luxembourg (LU) Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg