Kuzikiliza brings three very different men to the stage who together wish to make a speech. For them, ideal communication, which is their natural goal, is based on three elements: text, sound and movement. The men complement one another: each has a talent for a single element, but these different talents also represent their dark side.
Kuzikiliza – “making yourself heard” in Swahili – is a multilingual, interdisciplinary performance that causes communication and its mechanisms to wobble. Pitcho Womba Konga’s starting point was Patrice Lumumba’s speech to mark Congo’s independence on 30 June 1960 – a speech that is still topical today. For surely behind the independence of a country lies the emancipation of an entire people; and surely, behind the emancipation of a people, lies the independence of every human being? How do we reconcile the present and the past while the process of decolonisation is still ongoing?
Pitcho Womba Konga
The biography of Pitcho Womba Konga, you can find here.
Karim Kalonji was born in Ostend in 1980. He spends the majority of his youth in rehearsal rooms and workshops: he receives a classical musical training (musical theory and violin); his mother is a painter and flamenco dancer (under instruction of Torre de Montijo).
Karim has always been self-taught in most things he does. At 15 he discovers his passion for the hip hop scene. He starts exploring the various disciplines but quickly turns his attention to rap and breakdance. Karim shares his rhymes and words on various mixtapes, demos, radio stations, freestyle sessions and performances. He raps with the group Double Kombatand dances with Psycho B-boys. He is also a member and co-founder of all-star crew Shmetta. Since 2010 he has been more vocal as a B-boy (breakdancer) than as an MC (rapper), without completely forgetting the latter. From 2010 he starts collaborating with Ruud Gielens at KVS for a.o. Toc Toc, Mancha and Bezette Stad. He joined the cast of Malcolm X (2016) at KVS by Junior Mthombeni, Fikry El Azzouzi and Cesar Janssens.
Karim is also a lecturer in high demand at a.o. de Hogeschool Gent, C-Mine, Younited9000 (Victoria Deluxe) and Transfo Collect.
Joost Maaskant was born in Leeuwarden. In 2009 he graduates as a Theatrical Performer from the Toneelacademie in Maastricht. In theatre, Joost mainly focuses on experimental and conceptual theatre. Besides his career as an actor and performer, Joost is also a vocal artist.
His career as a theatre actor starts in Belgium with roles at KVS, in Gewonnen brood/Pain Perdu (2009), Bezette Stad (2012) and Mancha (2013).
Besides his work as an actor, Joost Maaskant also works as a musician. Under the moniker Maask he performs a pop-dance show with beatboxing, voice art, eight loop stations and many effects. As Maask he has been performing at festivals and in theatres in various countries, more than 400 shows to date. Joost currently lives in Rotterdam.
Director Mike Van Alfen
Mike van Alfen graduates as theatre maker and physical performer from the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 1989. He starts working freelance on numerous performances, from (physical) theatre, dance, youth theatre, location theatre, puppetry and performance to multi- and interdisciplinary performances combining various art forms.
From 1997 to 2007 he is part of the Netherlands’ first urban theatre collective Made in da Shade as a performer, creator and workshop leader. He also takes part in numerous international co-productions.
From 2014 his activities largely shift to Flanders. He recently directed and mentored MAPping Antwerp (2015) and Studio Urbanisation (2016) for Fiebre vzw/Mestizo Arts Festival. Mike was born in Amsterdam but has been living in Brussels since 1996.