Tour Dates 2021
15th, 16th Jan. Paris.
27th Jan. Centre Pompidou. Paris. FR.
15: Live Ideas - New York Live Arts. USA
27: La Rampe – Echirolles. FR
4: Les Halles de Schaerbeek – Bruxelles. BE
8 & 9: La Biennale de Lyon – Le Radiant – Lyon. FR
15: Espace Sarah Bernhardt – Goussainville. FR
17: L’imprévu – Saint-Ouen. FR
23: Regio Emilia.
30: Centre Pompidou - Paris. Fr
2: Théâtre Rive Gauche – St-Etienne du Rouvray. FR
4: Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry. FR
6 & 7: Festival GREC. Barcelona. SP
25: Festival Kalamata. GR
More dates to be confirmed…
Re:INCARNATION is a 2021 dance, music, fashion and visual art creation, that showcases the depth of ancient Yoruba philosophy, mixed with the current Nigerian youth culture. It is the work of a crop of Nigerian dancers marked by the rhythm and groove of LAGOS. Paying tribute to this richness, the choreography is written with a highly musical structure, combined with an intricate and carefully designed visual aesthetics, all layered in three parts.
This new creation is the result of six years of continuous movement research around body memory with young dancers in Nigeria, all undertaken since my return from Paris to Lagos in 2014, with subsequent workshops around various cities in Nigeria. I found it rather interesting, how young people appropriates the energy of the 60s/70s, and reactivates it, renews it, re-incarnates it in the present, consciously or subconsciously loaded with past and current socio-political struggles.
I have since immersed myself within the creative energy of Lagos and its continuous burst of inspiration and innovation, and I have then built strong trust relationships with its young major makers of aesthetics, strong enough to dare to create such an ambitious work by us all, for the world to have a feel of the level of thoughts on art and aesthetic beauty, that showcases the depth of our youth culture, as well as the pure and uncompromising joy, which inhabits present day Nigeria.
Coming from a deep Yoruba cultural understanding, we have placed at the core of this multimodal and multi-sensorial composition, the Yoruba central concept of reincarnation (birth, death, re-birth) which offers a distinct way of thinking about time in a cyclical manner.
On Tour: 1 choreographer, 10 dancers, 1 live musician, 2 technicians, 1 production manager.
Duration: 90 mins
Stage Size: 16m by 14m ideal
Conceptions and Artistic direction QUDUS ONIKEKU
with the company dancers and collaborators:
Adila Omotosho, Ambrose Tjark, Angela Okolo, Oluwabukunmi Olukitibi, Busayo Olowu, Faith Okoh, Joshua Gabriel, Sunday Ozegbe, Patience Ebute, Yemi Osokoya.
Live Music: Olatunde Obajeun
Lights design: Mathew Yusuf
Costumes design: Ambrose Tjark for WACK NG
Stage manager: Isaak Lartey
Mask makers: Nas Magnificent and Yusuf Aina Abogunde.
Production: The QDance Company – Lagos
Coproduction: Biennale de la danse – Lyon, Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou – Paris, les Halles de Schaerbeek – Bruxelles, Théâtre Paul Eluard – Bezons et Théâtre National de Bretagne.
With the support of Escales danse en Val d’Oise.
Diffusion: Anne-Sophie Dupoux.
Production Nigéria: The QDance Company – Lagos: Hajarat Alli, Temitayo Oke.
Production France: YK Projects and Etat d’esprit productions.