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Fri 08.05.2020 - Fri 25.09.2020

Coloured Swan 3: Harriet's reMix

Moya Michael / Kosmonaut & KVS

Coloured Swans 3: Harriet’s reMix is a dance performance that forms the third part in Moya Michael’s Coloured Swans series. For this piece, Moya collaborates with four young creatives – Loucka Fiagan, Oscar Cassamajor, Milo Slayers and Zen Jefferson – and investigates the future in relation to the past and the present. These young performers represent the future, carrying with them visions of hope and alternative worlds, while also maintaining a dialogue with their ancestors. A sub-Saharan African proverb says that we stand on the shoulders of giants. But what if we cannot tap into the greatness of our ancestors to guide us safe and sound into the future? 

‘We lay on the ground pressed by the weight of our history wondering why we can’t breathe. ‘The scorn of the earth’ we have been called… We have always been here and we will not be leaving anytime soon. The melanin that we have denotes the story that we have carved.’

The performance goes deep into a multitude of themes, posing questions about spirituality and displacement and the three-unity – an exploration of the non-linearity of time. Coloured Swans 3: Harriet’s reMix is firmly set on the crossroads between West Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The performance also questions form and theatre. Why do we choose to put our bodies in a black box? How can the three bodies become one, and thus, a solo? How do projections put on some bodies impact their performativity? The entire piece is set in a space with continuously changing borders, allowing the performers to use the space in any way they want. Expect another lush tapestry of images, sound and movement, put together by the same artistic team that helped Moya create her first two deeply riveting Swans

Is part of the parcours:
KVS creation

Like to come prepared?

  • Moya Michael already gives a glimpse in this interview.
  • In this article, researcher and author Sibo Kanobana tries to find out why
    Moya Michael is making this piece.
  • Get in the right mood with this playlist selected by the artists.
  • In this podcast the four performers discuss mixed heritage, their stances on Black Lives Matter and what Afrofuturism means to them.


CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAFIE / CONCEPT & CHORÉGRAPHIE / CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY Moya Michael IN SAMENWERKING MET & UITGEVOERD DOOR / EN COLLABORATION AVEC & EXÉCUTÉ PAR / IN COLLABORATION WITH & PERFORMED BY Loucka Fiagan & Oscar Cassamajor / WDKY & Milo Slayers DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Tunde Adefioye SCENOGRAFIE / SCÉNOGRAPHIE / SCENOGRAPHY Špela Tušar, Oscar Cassamajor, Moya Michael KOSTUUMS & MAKE UP / COSTUMES & MAKE-UP Povilas Bastys SOUNDSCAPE & GELUID / SOUNSCAPE & SON / SOUNDSCAPE & MUSIC Zen Jefferson LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRES / LIGHT DESIGN Caroline Mathieu, Margareta Andersen GELUID / SOUND / SON Steven Lorie STAGE DRAMATURGIE / INTERNSHIP DRAMATURGY Amy Lawrence STAGE COMMUNICATIEMEDEWERKER / INTERNSHIP COMMUNICATION ASSISTENT Jean-Luc Niyonshimye UITVOEREND PRODUCENT / PRODUCTEUR EXÉCUTIF / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Kosmonaut SPREIDING/ DISTRIBUTION/ DISTRIBUTION Cokot, Julie Le Gall COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION KVS (BE), Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie – dans le cadre de l’Accueil-studio (FR) MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC), Africalia SPECIALE DANK AAN / REMERCIEMENTS SPÉCIAUX À / SPECIAL THANKS TO all the individuals we had an invaluable exchange with in Nigeria and along the way: Segun Adefila, Kenneth Uphopho, Dr Sharon A Omotoso, Prof Femi CO Jegede, The Dramatic Arts department at Obafemi Awolowo University Ife Especially Prof Abiodun Olayiwola, Adetokunbo Adeola Shittu, Babalawo Oosaniyi Adeniyi Adeyemo, Prof Oladele Fakeye, Donna Ogunnaike, Nfemi Marcus Bello, Naomi Edobor, Angels & Muse, Joseph Umoibom, Bola Atitebi Haastrup, Christianah Omisakin, Terra Kulture Lagos, QDance Company, Street Dancers at The New Africa Shrine
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