Serge Aim Coulibaly: Kalakuta Republik

May

30

Thursday

The spirit of Fela Kuti is ever-present in this intoxicating dance piece by Burkina Faso-born Serge Aim Coulibaly, which speaks of modern-day Africa and the artist as freedom-loving figurehead.

In the first half of the choreographers creation, all is monochrome. Dancers pulsate, whirl, plunge and vibrate, their relentless movement exploding with virtuoso energy. Projections depicting scenes of conflict serve as a backdrop for the performers, their perpetual march an urgent metaphor for the desire to keep living.

Bursts of colour take us into the second half, a place reminiscent of Kutis Shrine nightclub, where discord was confronted just as hope blossomed from solidarity and social consciousness. While provocative messages emblaze the stage, decadent dance depicts the struggles of an individual, the score echoing jazz-infused Afrobeat.

In honouring activist, musical legend and political maverick, Nigerias Fela Kuti, Kalakuta Republik also reflects on the role of anti-establishment artists today.

Duration: 1 hour 25 mins, including an interval
Age guidance: 12+

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