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Mimi’s Shebeen

theatre
dance
07—08.09.2023

Mimi’s Shebeen is a powerful new theatre production by KVS face and artist Alesandra Seutin and her company Vocab Dance. Through dance, text, singing and music, she takes the audience into the depths of a deconstructed Shebeen* and on a journey full of life, struggle, perseverance and determination.

Inspired by the South-African singer Miriam Makeba and her exile from her own country, Seutin uses the legacy of Makeba’s work as a political activist to convey stories of exile, immigration and human rights.

Mimi’s Shebeen will infuse the unique and unmistakable signatory style of Seutin’s Afro-Centric Dance Theatre. Lisette Ma Neza provides the text, Angelo Moustapha and Tarang Cissokho the music, and Tutu Puoane sings.

Where do you find the strength to keep your head held high when you have been exiled from your motherland, separated from your mother, your people and your roots? How do you survive – flourish, even – so far away from everyone and everything you know?

*A shebeen is an unlicensed bar in the South African townships.

“Together with a superb ensemble full of her own signatures, Seutin's choreographic vocabulary manages to infuse the 'collective individuality' of African heritage into a multidimensional discourse anchored in the local and contemporary performing arts field.” — #jury23


•  Alesandra Seutin is an award-winning multidisciplinary performance artist and creator, whose focus is exploring movement as a foundation for theatre, media and site-specific works. The daughter of South African and Belgian parents, Alesandra was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. She calls herself an 'Afropean'. An inspirational leader with a multifaceted career spanning two decades, she has reached global audiences through her work as an artistic director, choreographer, performer, mentor, teacher, movement director, dramaturg and writer for performance and music.

concept & choreography Alesandra Seutin | music Angelo Moustapha & Zouratié Koné | text Lisette Ma Neza & Lebo Mashile | performance Tutu Puoane, Nandi Bhebhe, Kopano Maroga, Nosiphiwo Samente, Hendrickx Ntela, Elaisa van der Kust | dramaturgy Gerardo Salinas | scenography Stef Stessel | assistent scenography Ine Van Bortel | costumes Caroline Fainke | soundscape Hans Mullens | lighting design Margareta Andersen & Stef Stessel | sound design Diederik De Cock | vocal coach Randolph Matthews | production manager Ella De Gregoriis | assistance to the choreographer Nandi Bhebhe | musical support Tarang Cissokho | research Kopano Maroga | workshop facilitator Rokia Bamba | additional support Uprise Rebel | surtitling Inge Floré | translation Anne Vanderschueren, Alex Stockman | distribution & tour direction Saskia Liénard | production Vocab Dance & KVS | coproduction Perpodium, Sadler's Wells London | with the support of de Belgische Federale Overheid via Cronos Invest

DURATION : 85 min.
LANGUAGE : French Dutch English Multilingual — srt. French Dutch English

TICKETS: € 26 / € 24 / € 20 / € 14

Presented by
Kaaitheater Het TheaterFestival KVS