‘Africaliennes’ refers to a series of awareness raising activities in Belgium that will shed light on the work by the Africalia partners in Africa. This Africalia evening presents a ‘sneak preview’ of two documentary films on contemporary South African artists.
The fresco ‘Porte de Namur ! – Porte de l’Amour ?’ by artist Chéri
Samba represents an imaginary gathering of members of the local
community on the Chaussée d’Ixelles in Brussels, near Porte de Namur.
Since it was first exhibited in 2002, this image has been widely
disseminated and has sparked a great deal of controversy. On 25 June
2011 this fictitious scene will become reality, as the 80 or so people
who posed for the artist create a tableau vivant in the very place where
the painting was originally conceived.
Schwalbe Speelt Op Eigen Kracht is a CO2-neutral production. All the energy needed for the performance is generated by the performers themselves. Schwalbe stands up to darkness, cold and cynicism with perseverance and boundless energy. And they have to cycle to appear in the spotlight.
The choreographer Ula Sickle has created solos for, and together with, two young dancers from Kinshasa, Dinozord and Jolie Ngemi. The first solo seeks out the roots of hip hop, the second one samples music videos and nightclub acts.
Nine performers give it everything they’ve got to the accompaniment of loud techno music. They dance, dance and dance. A physical and emotional marathon, a bomb of non-stop energy which you still feel in your body long after it has ended.