Kalakuta Republik – Edinburgh International Festival

8 August 2019 to 11 August 2019

A dizzying fusion of dance, music and revolution. Inspired by the supercharged music and scandalous life of Fela Kuti. Kalakuta Republic was the name that legendary Afrobeat pioneer and radical political activist Fela Kuti gave to his communal compound in the suburbs of Lagos, even declaring it independent from Nigeria in 1970. It burnt to the ground in 1977 following an assault by 1000 armed soldiers. Arrested more than 200 times throughout his life, Kuti was a merciless scourge of corruption, repression and inequality.

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.


Cast and Credits
Serge Aimé Coulibaly Choreographer, Sara Vanderieck Dramaturg, Catherine Cosme, Set & Costume Designer, Hermann Coulibaly Lighting Designer, Ève Martin Video, Sam Serruys Sound, Sayouba Sigué Artistic Assistant

Creation and interpretation
Marion Alzieu, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Jean-Robert Koudogbo Kiki, Adonis Nebié, Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura, Ida Faho, Antonia Naouele

Supported by
Institut français du Royaume-Uni
as part of FranceDance UK 2019

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