- Sampled & Re-mixed - Revisiting the creation process of Kinshasa Electric
Sampled & Re-mixed - Revisiting the creation process of Kinshasa Electric
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Kinshasa Electric (2014) is a performance by Canadian-Polish-Brussels based choreographer Ula Sickle, created in close collaboration with three dancers from Kinshasa: Popol Amisi, Jeannot Kumbonyeki Deba, Joel Makabi Tenda and the German-Israeli Artist & DJ Baba Electronica. The performance was created between Brussels and Kinshasa and premiered in the 2014 edition of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. It has since been touring internationally. The choreography in the performance originates from the performers’ self-described approach to dance, which relies on a constant ‘metissage’ of local and global influences: Hip Hop and African pop dance styles blend effortlessly with traditional dances, as well as western contemporary dance techniques. All movement materials occur on a level playing field where any gesture can be linked to any other. The same process is paralleled on a musical level by DJ Baba Electronica, whose fearless sampling and eclectic mixes drive the performance. In Kinshasa Electric, ‘contemporary dance’ is thus located in what is happening in the moment, within the mix itself, which constantly creates bridges between different localities and temporalities within one and the same performing body.
Created over countless hours of improvising, dancing together in the studio, collective feedback sessions and working with live mixed music, the workshop aims to take the working-processes begun in Kinshasa Electric a step further. Through a prolonged encounter between the performers and several local Brussels-based artists, the workshop is proposed as a series of laboratory style work-sessions. All participants are invited to bring with them their own particular dance history or dance material they are interested in and to meet in a cross between a nightclub dance floor and a contemporary dance studio - a space where identities can be exchanged, appropriated, explored and invented or re-invented. The aim of the workshop is to examine how new identities and dancing bodies can emerge by literally meeting, exchanging and colliding on the dance floor. Rather than affirming differences and divisions of bodies and styles, the goal is to come to a common, if highly personalized or customized, movement language, which has its origins in diverse individualities but which can be shared by all present.
The workshop takes as its starting point the presence and capabilities of its participants: The group is made up of the dancers & team of Kinshasa Electric and several invited guests. Through an open call-application process, 5 places are available to outside guests. DJ Baba Electronica (Daniela Bershan) and local Brussels-based DJ Dovecake (Zen Jeffersen), will accompany the workshop, bringing their own musical hybridity and adventurousness with them to inspire and be inspired from the group. The mixity, invention and re-invention in terms of movement style and performativity will thus also be explored in a musical way that can feed into and be fed by what is happening on the dance floor.
During the 3-day-long workshop, the participants will each be responsible for proposing a warm-up, and/or for presenting and teaching some personal material. These teaching/learning sessions will take place in the mornings. In the afternoons the situation will open up to moments of improvised group and individual research, where the recently learned material will be tested, re-mixed and re-performed. The workshop is a way to share the working process behind the making of Kinshasa Electric and to reflect upon un-tapped possibilities, yet-to-be discovered, inherent in this process. Its ultimate goal is to research new approaches to movement material, while developing contacts and connections between the performers and crew of Kinshasa Electric and the local Brussels dance scene.
Monday 13th April – Wednesday 15th April
10:30 – 16:00
How to Subscribe
Send your cv and 5 lines of motivation to email@example.com
Selected participants will receive an answer by April 9th.
Dates13/04/2015 - 15/04/2015
Info and Documentation
Charlotte de Somviele on Kinshasa Electric in “Ass Talk and Clubbing Vibes” -Etcetera Performing Arts Magazine, September 2014
“Kinshasa Electric relies on a series of references […] which continuously branches off in the audience’s mind (and thus strongly differs depending on the context). Ultimately however it always “postpones” a fixed beginning or ending, a fixed origin or shape. What is traditional and what is contemporary? What is Congolese and what is Western? What is authentic and what has been construed? In Kinshasa Electric identity is “always on the move” and constantly undermines this type of opposition.”
“Identity has […] become a more flexible and more complicated concept. Because how can you find your own voice in a mediatised and post-national society, in which references travel faster than light? How to relate to all this cultural heritage, whose origin is sometimes lost? How can this cultural cross-pollination give rise to a more inclusive concept of identity and community, which is tailored to the twenty-first century?”