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: 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!
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.
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