From the past forever reverberates the present. Kirina draws from the source of the Mandingue epic tales, and gets its strenght from the song of Soundiata. From these myths emerges the all-encompassing modernity of a universal artistic language. As we follow the destiny of a people that marches towards a collective future, Kirina takes us on a journey that speaks of exile, displacement, hope, and of the incomparable wealth that comes out of confronting different worlds and experiences.
In the guise of a timeless tale, punctuated by the universal pagan symbolic of our origins, Kirina evo- kes the urgency and humanity inherent to migrations – as a universal and ancestral motion, as an uninterrupted gesture towards hope: a reunion.




Concept and choreography: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Composition and musical direction: Rokia Traoré
Based on a libretto by Felwine Sarr
Created and performed by Marion Alzieu, Ida Faho, Jean-Robert Koudogbo Kiki, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebie, Daisy Phillips / Giulia Cenni, Issa Sanou, Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura
Text and interpretation: Ali ‘Doueslik’ Ouédraogo
Musicians: Aly Keita/Youssouf Keita (balafon), Saidou Ilboudo (percussions), Mohamed Kanté (bass), Yohann Le Ferrand (guitar)
Singers: Naba Aminata Traoré, Marie Virginie Dembélé
Dramaturgy: Sara Vanderieck
Choreographical assistant: Sayouba Sigué
Scenography: Catherine Cosme
Costumes: Salah Barka
Light design: Nathalie Perrier
Video: Eve Martin
Video technician and stage manager: Matisse De Groote
Sound technician: Ralph M’Fah-Traoré
Light technician: Herman Coulibaly
Pre-production manager: Eline Vanfleteren
Production manager: Sandra Diris
Technical direction: Thomas Verachtert
Artistic advice: Thomas Prédour
Coordination Faso Danse Théâtre: Lies Martens
Production: Faso Danse Théâtre, Ruhrtriennale
Coproduction: Festival de Marseille (FR), La Villette Paris (FR), les ballets C de la B (BE), Théâtre National Wallonnie-Bruxelles (BE), Romaeuropa Festival (IT), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), De Grote Post Oostende (BE), Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent (BE), La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR), ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (FR)
Executive producer: les ballets C de la B (BE)






"A stunning spectacle that combined sweaty, ritualistic and ecstatic dance; propulsive music; and incantatory French-language narration." - The New York Times