Kirina

Kirina

“Kirina” – As the ultimate founding battle of the Mandingo Empire in Western Africa, this name evo-kes the type of ageless echo that Waterloo still imprints in the Western world. Anchored in the place where fiction and memory meet, Kirina tells the story of a people walking and fighting in the direc-tion of its future, of its fate.

To find the right tonality that vibrates through minds and bodies across this timeless tale, the great musician Rokia Traoré and choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly imagined an ensemble of four instru-ments that stand on stage as singing and spoken voices complete them. A group of nine dancers per-sonify the vocabulary of a raw, sensual and vulnerable body language, one that is torn between ex-pressing one’s individuality or one’s pure need.