Ula Sickle

Kinshasa Electric

Tanz im August

For the past few years the Toronto-born and Brussels-based choreographer Ula Sickle has regularly worked in the DR Congo. Her artistic encounters there gave rise to several collaborative projects. For Kinshasa Electric she teamed up with three young Congolese dancers to explore the popular dances of the moment, from local concert stages and nightclub dance floors. With German-Israeli DJ Baba Electronica, they created a soundtrack mixing international rhythms with local beats. Rather than focusing on the distance between Africa and the rest of the world, Kinshasa Electric pinpoints the many connections and exchanges taking place within a globalized context.

The performance delves into the blurred lines between here and there, between popular and high culture, art and commerce, authenticity and selling out. Sickle set out to capture the openness, ingenuity and surprise of the collaborative process.
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Produktion: Caravan Production (Brüssel). Koproduktion: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS (Brüssel), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), NXTSTP, DÉPARTS mit der Unterstützung von Kulturprogramm der Europäischen Union Unterstützt durch Flämische Landesbehörde – Internationale Projekte, Flämischen Gemeinschafstkommission der Region Brüssel-Hauptstadt Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Goethe-Instituts. In Kooperation mit den Sophiensaelen.

There will be a Physical Introduction to

"Kinshasa Electric" - For more information click here.


Direction: Ula Sickle / Creation, performance, style: Popaul Amisi, Daniela Bershan, Jeannot Kumbonyeki Deba, Joel Makabi Tenda / Musical concept and live sound: Baba Electronica (Daniela Bershan) / Scenography: Ula Sickle, Daniela Bershan / Lighting design: Ula Sickle, Gwen Laroche / Dramaturgy: Sébastien Hendrickx / Technician: Gwen Laroche / Executive production: Caravan Production / Production assistant Kinshasa: Dada Kahindo Siku


  • Past
    Wed 20.8.2014, 21:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Thu 21.8.2014, 17:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Thu 21.8.2014, 21:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal


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