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Fri 27.03.2020 - Fri 03.04.2020

Fire will become ashes, but not now

Pitcho Womba Konga & Mike van Alfen / KVS
27.03.2020
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03.04.2020

In 1963, in an America mesmerised by the human rights movements, the American writer and social critic James Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote the masterpiece The Fire Next Time. Until today, his writing conveys a rare intensity, sensitivity and truthfulness. With his second KVS creation Fire Will Become Ashes, But Not Now, theatre maker and actor Pitcho Womba Konga wants to translate those insights to the present.

Inspired by Baldwin's work, Pitcho Womba Konga investigates various questions in his new performance. What does the concept of 'community' mean and what is an 'identity' made of? Is there such a thing as a black identity and can people look for themselves within the limits of the race to which they have been condemned? Who is the victim and who is the perpetrator? Is there a perpetrator at all, or are we all victims of a deep-rooted but crooked system? How can our humanity reconnect us?

KVS face Pitcho Womba Konga: “I feel oppressed by the narrow interpretation that society gives to identity. Why should I, or anyone else, have to choose between one or the other: you are either Belgian or of another nationality; either Muslim, Christian or faithless; man or woman; ... The challenge and struggle of our time is how to give a place to our "multiple identity", which does not tolerate box thinking. Or as Baldwin states: ‘Who you are, can only come from yourself ’.”

With music, slam, beatbox, dance and theatre, Fire Will Become Ashes, But Not Now wants to bring a crossover between different disciplines. The cast is also very diverse. Pitcho Womba Konga: "To say it with the words of Baldwin: ‘I am proud of these people. Not because of their colour but because of their intelligence, their spiritual power and their beauty. The country would best share this pride.’" The show wants to offer different views on issues that should concern all of us to the same extent if we want to learn to coexist better. Because the assignment that Baldwin left us almost 60 years ago remains current today: ‘It's up to all of us, black and white, to make sure the match isn't lit.’

Is part of the parcours:
School performances

'One day, to everyone's astonishment, someone drops a match in the powder keg and everything blows up. All the tears that were cried and the blood that was shed by collateral victims, who were used to make a society into a powerful state, have changed into fuel. And one match suffices.'

- James Baldwin

Extra

01.04.2020 - 19:45 - INTRODUCTION by codirector Mike Van Alfen (NL)
03.04.2020 - AFTERTALK with city dramaturge Tunde Adefioy and director Pitcho Womba Konga (FR/EN)

Credits

TEKST & REGIE / TEXTE & MISE EN SCÈNE / TEXT & DIRECTION Pitcho Womba Konga & KVS COREGIE / CO MISE EN SCÈNE / CODIRECTION Mike Van Alfen MET / AVEC / WITH Priscilla Adade, Awoulath Alougbin, Karim Kalonji, Samantha Mavinga, Jhaya Caupenne, Pitcho Womba Konga PRODUCTIELEIDER / DIRECTEUR DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION MANAGER Nadia El Mahi TECHNISCHE PRODUCTIE & TONEELMEESTER / PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE & REGIE DE PLATEAU / TECHNICAL PRODUCTION & STAGE MANAGER Nele Druyts TECHNIEK / TECHNIQUE Helmi Demeulemeester (licht/lumières/lighting), Pier Gallen (video), Patrick Van Neck (geluid/son/sound) REGIE-ASSISTENTIE & BOVENTITELING / ASSISTANTE À LA MISE EN SCÈNE & SURTITRAGE / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & SURTITLING Inge Floré ALGEMENE ASSISTENTIE / ASSISTANTE GENERAL / GENERAL ASSISTANT Angelita Betancourt VERTALING / TRADUCTION / TRANSLATION Steven Tallon (FR/ENG>NL), Claire Tarring (FR>EN), Anne Vanderschueren (NL/ENG>FR)MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government
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