“Kirina”

“Kirina” – As the ultimate founding battle of the Mandingo Empire in Western Africa, this name evokes the type of ageless echo that Waterloo still imprints in the Western world. Anchored in the place where fiction and memory meet, Kirina tells the story of a people walking and fighting in the direction of its future, of its fate.

Since the very start, we follow a people in moments of bravery and glory, full of hope and rebellion as it tries to transcend resignation and reach salvation. Based on a booklet by Senegalese intellectual Felwin Sarr, Kirina calls upon ancient Greek tragedies, as well as biblical and African myths or even the great founding classics such as “McBeth” or “The Rite of Spring”. The stage then becomes a theater of battles, cathartic celebrations, unions and sacrifices.

On stage, the verb snakes from under a troubadour’s tongue, a “griot” for this walking group of seekers. With his incredible capacity for improvisation, writer and poet Ali “Doueslik” Ouédraogo brings this wise man and guiding figure to life. He weaves an astute narrative thread that will be unique to each show, evolving under the influence of current events.
To find the right tonality that would vibrate through minds and bodies across this timeless tale, the great singer Rokia Traoré and choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly imagined an ensemble of 4 instruments that will stand on stage as singing and spoken voices complete them.
Duality, tension, virtuosity: these themes are central to the work of the choreographer and his dancers. Under the aegis of Serge Aimé Coulibaly, they personify the vocabulary of a raw, sensual and vulnerable body language, one that is torn between expressing one’s individuality or one’s pure need.
Finally, and to better represent the transiting multitudes we all belong to, 40 amateur extras will be in quasi-perpetual motions on stage, accompanying the dancers.

In the guise of a timeless tale, punctuated by the universal pagan symbolic of our origins, Kirina evokes the urgency and humanity inherent to migrations – as a universal and ancestral motion, as an uninterrupted gesture towards hope: a reunion.