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Recording: 2019-04-09 , HAU2 Hebbel am Ufer (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Rokia Traoré, Felwine Sarr


Timbuktu Is Back! | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Production Details / Press Releases

“Kirina” is the name for a 12th-century battle of the Mandinka people, which has great significance for western Africa. The piece, however, is not a re-enactment of this historic event, but a narrative about Coulibaly’s present, globalized reality. The original idea sprang from the so-called European refugee crisis of 2015, whose inhumane practices of describing and classifying deeply moved the choreographer. The economist Felwine Sarr, author of the much-discussed long essay “Afrotopia”, provided the libretto, and the music, contemporary arrangements of classical Mandika music, comes from Rokia Traoré.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1307

Cast & Credits

Concept & Choreography: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Composition & musical direction: Rokia Traoré
Libretto: Felwine Sarr
Creation & performance: Marion Alzieu, Ida Faho, Jean‐Robert Koudogbo Kiki, Ali Ouédraogo, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebie, Daisy Phillips / Giulia Cenni, Issa Sanou, Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura
Text: Ali ‘Doueslik’ Ouédraogo
Music: Aly Keita (Balafon), Saïdou Ilboudo (Percussion), Mohamed Kante (Bass), Yohann Le Ferrand (Gitarre)
Vocals: Naba Traoré, Virginie Dembélé
Local extras: Kerstin Bayer, Marisa Bayer, Nadine da Cruz Oliveira, Mathilde Dongala, Ulrike Düregger, Everston Freudenreich, Mehrdad Gharibian, Falk Grever, Réka Komaromi, Rebecca Korang, Antonia Korea, Angel Köster, Ruby Köster, Xica Lisboa, Pauline Payen, Ilyas Rega
Dramaturgy: Sara Vanderieck
Assistance choreography: Sayouba Sigué
Artistic advice: Thomas Prédour
Scenography: Catherine Cosme
Costumes: Salah Barka
Light design: Nathalie Perrier
Video: Eve Martin
Video technician & stage management: Jérémy Vanoost
Sound technician: Ralph M’Fah-Traoré
Light technician: Hermann Coulibaly
Technical direction: Jan Mergaert
Administration: Lies Martens
Production management: Eline Vanfleteren, Laure Louvat, Hanna el Fakir

Production: Faso Danse Théâtre, Ruhrtriennale
Co-production: Festival de Marseille, La Villette Paris, les ballets C de la B, Théâtre National Wallonnie-Bruxelles, Romaeuropa Festival, Kampnagel Hamburg, De Grote Post Oostende, Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq, ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Executive producer: les ballets C de la B
Distribution: Frans Brood Productions
Thanks to: Ankata (Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso), Fondation Passerelle (Bamako, Mali)
Supported by: Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Wallonia-Brussels International, Taxshelter Belgium

“Timbuktu Is Back!” is a project by Kulturbrauerei e.V. in co-operation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Supported by: Institut Français, French Ministryfor Culture/DGCA, Embassy of Burkina Faso

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Serge Aimé Coulibaly / Trailers and Video Documentations

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