Djino Alolo Sabin (Kisangani)
entrance € 7,00 | reduced € 5,00
French with English supertitles
A body, initially statuesque, covered in dust and layers of earth and clay, begins to move. In Djino Alolo Sabin’s solo PIKI PIKI it is the performer himself who gradually frees himself from this rigidity. It is the burden of the past bearing down upon him. The story of his homeland, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of colonialism, corruption and the lost hope of true independence. PIKI PIKI is a story of liberation from immobility and from the fetters of political but also domestic violence. Djino Alolo Sabin’s family are ubiquitous in this, above all his grandfather’s family. Up until his sudden disappearance, he was a supporter of the freedom fighter and, later on, prime minister Patrice Lumumba, who was murdered after a putsch – as presumably Djino Alolo Sabin’s grandfather was too. His dream of liberation lives on in his grandson. Employing the vocabulary of contemporary dance, the artist revives the concept of a new Africa, an idea that has been buried with violence.
Artistic Direction and Performance Djino Alolo Sabin Video Djino Alolo Sabin | Franck Moka Music Roger Mambembe | Djino Alolo Sabin External Eye Faustin Linyekula Light Anne Palomeres | Jean-Pierre Legout
Djino Alolo Sabin (*1990) grew up in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He began his career as a hip hop dancer in the group Bad Boys. This led to meet choreographer Faustin Linyekula. Linyekula invited Alolo to participate in a five-year programme for contemporary dance within Studios Kabako, where he studied under e.g. Hafiz Dhaou, Ula Sickle, Andréya Ouamba, Sylvain Prunenec and Boyzie Cekwana. Now based in Paris, Alolo has been touring with Olivier Dubois and Maguy Marin, and is currently performing in Boris Charmatz’s piece 10,000 GESTURES. He will perform in Jospeh Nadj's next piece. The solo performance PIKI PIKI is his second work.
Production and realization
Production Studios Kabako | Virginie Dupray Co-production Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie Bruxelles, Ballet du Nord - CCN de Roubaix Hauts de France With support from La Bellone, Maison du Spectacle Brussels, Le Centquatre Paris.