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Kalakuta Republik

Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Directed by the Burkinabe Serge Aimé Coulibaly, seven astounding dancers recounts the history of the peoples of yesterday and today through the figure of the mythical Fela Kuti.


Kalakuta Republik, Lagos, Nigeria, a hotbed of liberty and defiance. In the urgency of the present moment, seven astounding dancers confront the world. Directed with brio by the Burkinabe choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly, their impassioned dancing recounts the history of the peoples of yesterday and today through the figure of the mythical, brilliant musician Fela Kuti. A hymn to resistance in the shamanic temple of Afrobeat.

Stoking the fire, the legendary Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti incarnates the abiding symbol of struggles against power and corruption as Coulibaly conducts his orchestra of insurgent dancers, instruments of the revolution. In a sweltering night club, they combine jazz, funk and Yoruba rhythms to a point of collapse and utter fusion–hip-shaking utopias, a bewitching urban trance. Amidst the chaos, the master of the night delivers urgent sermons. The uprising can’t wait. Get up and boogie!


Produced by Faso Danse Théâtre + Halles de Schaerbeek
Conceived and choreographed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Created with and performed by Marion Alzieu + Serge Aimé Coulibaly + Ida Faho + Antonia Naouele + Adonis Nebié + Sayouba Sigué + Ahmed Soura
Music Yvan Talbot
Video Ève Martin
Dramaturgy Sara Vanderieck
Set and Costume Design Catherine Cosme
Lighting Design Hermann Coulibaly
Choreographer Assistant Sayouba Sigué
Technician Sam Serruys
Contact and Touring Frans Brood Productions 

Coproduction Maison de la Danse (Lyon) + Torinodanza (Turin) + Le Manège – Scène nationale de Maubeuge + Le Tarmac – La scène internationale francophone (Paris) + Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg + Ankata (Bobo Dioulasso) + Les Récréâtrales (Ouagadougou) + Festival Africologne (Cologne) + De Grote Post (Ostend)
With the support of Musée des Confluences (Lyon) + Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, service de la danse

Presented by Havas in association with Monument-National with the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International 

Written by Jessie Mill
Translated by Neil Kroetsch

Premiered at Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, on February 15, 2017


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Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Bobo-Dioulasso + Brussels)
Faso Danse Theatre

The Burkina Faso choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly views art as a vehicle for his commitment to social and political change.

Full biography