KVS & Africalia
Fri 24.11.2017 and Sat 25.11.2017

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!


VAN & MET / DE & AVEC / 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) Catchshaolin Showman Colorado, Jonathan Black Terror, Widad Wack, Maeva Mnogera EXTRA'S / EXTRAS Vanessa Lokiki, Francisco Yvan Luzemo, Pauline Vergara, Thierry Mbombo TEKST / TEXTE / TEXT Dora Nsoseme Do, Pitcho Womba Konga, Yousra Dahry, Léïla Duqauine, Giovanni Baudonck, Lisette Ma Neza, Sukina Douglas REGIE / MISE EN SCÈNE / DIRECTION Pitcho Womba Konga ASSISTENT REGIE / ASSISTANT MISE EN SCÈNE / ASSISTANT DIRECTION Caroline Dujardin DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Kristin Rogghe PUBLIEKSWERKING / MÉDIATION CULTURELLE / CULTURAL MEDIATION Delphine Somers ASS. DRAMATURGIE EN PUBLIEKSWERKING / ASS. DRAMATURGY ET MÉDIATION CULTURELLE / ASS. DRAMATURGY AND CULTURAL MEDIATION Pauline Vergara, Maia Daley, Hajar Ibnouthen PRODUCTIELEIDING / DIRECTION DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION MANAGER Nadia El Mahi LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION DE LUMIÈRE / LIGHTING DESIGN Laurence Delafontaine TECHNIEK / TECHNIQUE Laurence Delafontaine, Steven Lorie, Roland Dumbi-Kabangu BOVENTITELING / SURTITRAGE / SURTITLING Inge Floré VERTALINGEN / TRADUCTION / TRANSLATION Anne Vanderschueren, Steven Tallon, Michael Meert, Kristin Rogghe, Anja Stroobants, Lien Vanreusel, Maya Witters, Maia Daley VIDEOGEDICHTEN / VIDÉO-POÈMES / VIDEO POEMS Kinshasado Nsoseme & Fabrice Kalonji, Peter Komondua & Anny Tsonga, Evy Bandefu & Dekin Nzila Bambi, Negue’fly Nsau & Dolet Malalu, Micromega Jb Bokoli & Bob Moussa Expo Fotonganji Djill Syll WORKSHOPSI Melda, Kuumba, Kae, Atheneum Brussel, JH Chicago PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTIONKVS COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Africalia IN SAMENWERKING MET / EN COLLABORATION AVEC / IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Mestizo Arts Festival, Plateforme Contemporaine, Slameke, Kuumba, Brussels Young Wrestling Style MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest MET DANK AAN / REMERCIEMENTS / THANKS TO Dada Kahindo, Thomas Elchardus, Els De Palmenaer (MAS), Vanhout-Besix Red (Cosmopolitan)