14 October Rataplan hosts another WIPCOOP Sessions with work by Cigdem Y. Mirol, Mouss Sarr and Tister Ikomo.

Mouss Sarr and Tister Ikomo are each developping a new dance creation. Mouss is working on a solo where he uses his movements  to question identity, racism, colonialism and his position in the world today. And Tister Ikomo will share his journey with Nzela Na Ngai’. But first we literally dive into the book with Bookperformance by Çiğdem Y. Mirol.

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In BOOKPERFORMANCE Çiğdem Y. Mirol mixes the book, the performance, the author and the reader/audience into one. Çiğdem plays with the boundaries between the stage and the audience, blurring them through objects, movement and silence. Words fly through images and lines emerge.

Enjoyment becomes synonymous with understanding a strange and absurd life and love story. Only as long as they both sound the same and generate homonyms when “we” enjoy and/or understand.

Çiğdem y Mirol develops BOOKPERFORMANCE as an artistic and literary concept as well as a worldview.
As a writer and performance artist, she challenges the body and sound of a textual self. A textual self that transforms itself into the sound and body of a real self through visual and musical dynamics. During Bookperformance, the reader is invited to participate in the creative process.

Çiğdem’s experience in academia, journalism, theatre, visual arts, psychology, teaching, translation and literature explained the fundamental values of the concept and the “The Weird & The Absurd” philosophy behind it, and contributed to an understanding of transparency in the concept.

Credits: Concept and performance: Çiğdem y Mirol / www.bookperformance.com


“BLACK” Mouss Sarr

“Black” is an anglicism that has slipped into common usage, used to refer to a black person.
 Preferred to its French equivalent, it is more politically correct, cooler,
 We say a Black person, but a White person. And yet, as Rokhaya Diallo points out, Noir-e is not a dirty word.
 The use of this word raises questions. “Black” dives into this questioning with both feet.

A dance solo about his search for identity as a young black man born in Europe. A complex identity, difficult to pin on a map. Too simplistic, too static?

What does it mean to be “Black”?

Mouss Sarr is a choreographer, dancer (hip-hop, dancehall and krump), founder and artistic director of Timiss, a platform where he offers space to street dancers. Read more HERE
Have a look at the teaser, click HERE.



In this triptych, you travel from Kinshasa “La Belle” to Belgium. A dance performance about trials, transformation and the struggle for recognition. Using rubbish transformed into rhythmic percussion, traditional dances and music, Tister Ikomo tells a personal story.

Tister Ikomo is a dancer, choreographer and musician who travelled through the various provinces of Congo to study the different traditional dances. In Kinshasa, he is assistant choreographer to the artistic company Arumbaya. He has also worked with Alain Platel and Fabrizio Cassol as a dancer for the show Coup Fatal and as a percussionist for Sidi Larbi.

More about Tister, click HERE.

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