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)