SLOW #03: KIN <> BRU
The world is changing rapidly! Especially in the city with an influx of new people and new forms of art. KVS therefore plans to bring the amazingly inspiring artistic undercurrent of the street to the stage. Which explains SLOW. Through spoken word and urban theatre, SLOW (Slam our World) gives us a unique artistic perspective of our world. An international guest will be invited to each SLOW session. Following several weeks’ residency in Brussels, s/he will share the KVS stage with local artists, in an attempt that is both heroic and vulnerable, to capture the colourful, multi-faceted soul of the city in verse.
For the third SLOW session, KVS is inviting a slam poet from Kinshasa. Slam is extremely popular in the Congolese capital – as a poetic and eloquent, but simultaneously powerful and urgent way for engaged artists to share their vision of society, daily life and politics with the audience. Slam exists by way of competitions and performances, and is a form that feels at once contemporary and age-old: it is reminiscent of the storytellers or griots who have fulfilled an essential role in oral culture for centuries.
Last summer, KVS travelled to Kinshasa with Pitcho Womba Konga and Roland Dumbi-Kabangu, two Brussels artists from the Congolese diaspora. Together, they worked with six slammers and six filmmakers. The result? New interdisciplinary cross-pollinations and a series of experimental video poems, in which word and image come together in the most exciting ways. In November, we will be presenting the clips from Kinshasa at KVS ánd one of the duos will come to KVS for this special edition of Slam our World. Knowing Kinshasa’s intrepid artistic climate, where Brussels is half-jokingly known as ‘Lola’ – ‘Paradise’ in Lingala –, this SLOW will offer a unique window on both capitals.
Pitcho Womba Komba is a rapper, producer and actor. He has made three solo albums since 2003: Regarde comment, Crise de Nègre and #RDVAF (Rendez-vous avec le future). He has appeared onstage all over the world in productions by Peter Brook, Amadou Hampâté Bâ, Ruud Gielens and Joel Pommerat. On the silver screen, he has acted in the thriller Wasteland (2014) and the short film De Overkant (2015).
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