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SLOW #03: KIN <> BRU

KVS & Africalia

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: Do Nsoseme Dora. 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.

On the 24th and 25th of November, we will be presenting the clips video poems from Kinshasa at KVS ánd one of the duos - slam poet Do Nsoseme Dora and filmmaker / scenographer Fabrice Kalonji - 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.

On Friday evening, DJ Ill Syll invites you to the dance floor for the afterparty!

 

Bio

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).

Do Nsoseme Dora is a Congolese slammer, poet and blogger, who narrates the world through her writing and slams. She graduated with a degree in Visual Communication from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa in 2015. After various stints working in communications for companies in Kinshasa, she decides to direct her full attention to poetry. That same year she wins the Slam/Urban Poetry competition in Kinshasa, organised by the Institut Français. Her first venture into slam dates back to 2012 as part of the collective Au Pays des Poètes, with whom she performed between 2012 and 2014 before going solo. Do is also part of the Congolese blogger collective Habari RDC, who champion values of free speech, peace, democracy and non-violence. Do’s main concern is to spread one message to youngsters through her slam poetry and her blogs: a better future is possible, a better world is possible, it’s just up to us to fight for it. Find her blogs here.

Fabrice Kalonji – aka Malabar – was born in Kinshasa on March 29, 1986. In 2004 he graduated with a degree in biochemistry, after which he went the artist’s way and joined the Compagnie théâtrale des Béjarts in Kinshasa as an actor. This was his first introduction to plays and films around sensitisation and awareness-raising. As a largely self-taught cinematographer, he published his first short documentary in 2011. Since 2013 he has been associated with the audio-visual production company Uniproc in Kinshasa, with whom he has written and directed various television series to date, most prominently Mpangi’Ami. Since this year he has been working with several production companies in Kinshasa as an actor, director and cameraman. 

 

Reviews

17.09.2017 - Radio La Benevolencija - Do Nsoseme Dora in ‘Jeunes Leaders’ (15:15 - 18:04)
27.10.2017 - Le Vif - Poésie qui claque
21.11.2017 - Subbacultcha - SLOW #03
25.11.2017 - DeWereldMorgen - "Blijf niet in je eigen hoekje hangen"
26.11.2017 - BrusselBlogt - Mayonaise meets pilipili

Credits

By & With DORA NSOSEME DO, FABRICE KALONJI MALABAR, YOUSRA DAHRY, LILA MAGNIN, ANNIE DELTOUR, LéïLA DUQUAINE, JUNIOR AKWETY, LISETTE MA NEZA, GIOVANNI BAUDONCK, BHELLY BOMPOLONGA, ROLAND DUMBI-KABANGU, DORIS BOKONGO NKUMU & NATHALIE BOKONGO NKUMU (LES MYBALES) CATCH SHAOLIN SHOWMAN COLORADO, JONATHAN BLACK TERROR, WIDAD WACK, MAEVA MNOGERA EXTRAS VANESSA LOKIKI, FRANCISCO YVAN LUZEMO, PAULINE VERGARA, THIERRY MBOMBO Text DORA NSOSEME DO, PITCHO WOMBA KONGA, YOUSRA DAHRY, Léïla DUQAUINE, GIOVANNI BAUDONCK, LISETTE MA NEZA, SUKINA DOUGLAS direction PITCHO WOMBA KONGA Ass direction CAROLINE DUJARDIN Dramaturgy Kristin Rogghe cultural development DELPHINE SOMERS ASS. DRAMATURGy & cultural development PAULINE VERGARA, MAIA DALEY, HAJAR IBNOUTHEN PRODUCTIon manager NADIA EL MAHI lighting design LAURENCE DELAFONTAINE TECHNIque LAURENCE DELAFONTAINE, STEVEN LORIE, ROLAND DUMBI-KABANGU surtitling INGE FLORE translations ANNE VANDERSCHUEREN, STEVEN TALLON, MICHAEL MEERT, Isabelle Grynberg, Anja Stroobants, Maya Witters, Lien Vanreusel, Kristin Rogghe, MAIA DALEY video poems Kinshasa DO NSOSEME & FABRICE KALONJI, PETER KOMONDUA & ANNY TSONGA, EVY BANDEFU & DEKIN NZILA BAMBI, NEGUE’FLY NSAU & DOLET MALALU, MICROMEGA JB BOKOLI & BOB MOUSSA photo exhibition NGANJI DJ Ill Syll WORKSHOPS IMELDA, KUUMBA, KAE, ATHENEUM BRUSSEL, JH CHICAGO production KVS Coproduction Africalia In collaboration with Mestizo Arts Festival, PlaTEfORME cONTEMPORaiNE, SLAMEKE, KUUMBA, Brussels Young Wrestling Style with the support of the Brussels-Capital Region thanks to DADA KAHINDO, THOMAS ELCHARDUS, ELS DE PALMENAER (MAS), VANHOUT-BESIX RED (COSMOPOLITAN)

Pictures

Below are the high-resolution press photos of our own productions, which can be used free for coverage of the KVS (the name of the photographer must be clearly stated).

PERSVERANTWOORDELIJKE

Inge Jooris
inge.jooris@kvs.be
0483 54 73 88

(INTER)NATIONALE SPREIDING

Saskia Liénard
saskia.lienard@kvs.be
0496 55 19 92
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