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Kalakuta Republik

Faso Danse Théâtre / Serge Aimé Coulibaly

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. 

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Part of You Are Here
Audio Described performance
11 Aug 8pm
Touch Tour
11 Aug 7pm

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 

More information about some of the artists:

Faso Danse Theatre
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Serge Aimé Coulibaly
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8-11 August 2019

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

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Funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Edinburgh Festivals and

Supported as part of FranceDance UK 2019 by

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