A globalised Africa takes centre stage in this ‘thrillingly inventive act of choreographic rebellion’ (Le Monde) by Belgian-Burkinan choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly.
Inspired by Fela Kuti, the political activist and inventor of Afrobeat, Kalakuta Republik uses an infectious and fresh energy to question the impact that an artist can create in their society. Throughout the work, the body exists as a centre for resistance – whether this is through power, sexuality, violence or fear.
Pioneering dancer and choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly takes Kuti’s life and beliefs as inspiration for this visually stunning, hypnotic dance work for seven performers that draws lines from African revolution in the 1970s to today’s political resistance. In Coulibaly’s dynamic, demanding choreography, dance becomes a symbol of transformation, a ceaseless march towards ultimate freedom. Kalakuta Republik is a carnival of insurrection.
Examining authority and frustration through a ‘careening, veering, chaotic political awakening set to music’ (A Younger Theatre), this is dance which is equal parts brutal, bold, fierce and beautiful.