Festival Tweetakt 2020
27 March till 14 June

Identity n'a ngai

Jolie Ngemi

Theater Kikker, Grote zaal

A high-energy dance show about the invisible and unheard elements that define our identity.

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Modern dance, African style. Jolie Ngemi is dancing her way towards knowing who she is and why. She moved from Kinshasa to Europe, and further across the globe. Her dance is like a trip around the world, and we are there to witness all the things she encounters: a tribe, a village, different religions and cultures.

Jolie’s movements are a mix of popular Congolese dance, as seen in the streets and in nightclubs, and Western contemporary dance. Her choreography involves a dynamic exchange with music by Michael Anklin, who includes sounds recorded in the streets of Kinshasa at night.

How do we identify ourselves in front of a mirror, or in front of others? The show implicitly invites visitors to answer this question. They are actively involved in the show by representing the environment that has impacted Jolie’s life. Imagine your identity as a space, dedicated to what cannot be heard, taking shape through rhythm and the sound of the body.

The Congolese dancer Jolie Ngemi started dancing at age 3: in Kinshasa’s Protestant church, and then in hip hop dance battles in the street. Combining traditional dance with experimental contemporary dance, she eventually ended up at P.A.R.T.S.-dance school in Brussels.


Concept, choreography and performance: Jolie Ngemi Music: Rodriguez Vangama
Live music: Michael Anklin
Sound recording in Kinshasa: Nkanza Dep’s Vita
Advice: Fabian Barba
Executive production: Caravan Production
Coproduction: La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, Association de Circonstances Genève and Connexion Brussels

With the support of the Flemish Community Commission Residence Arsenic – Centre d’art scènique contemporain


14 april15.00 - 15.30(Première)


  • €10,- Volwassenen
  • €7,50 Tot 18 jaar
  • €7,50 Student
  • €7,50 U-pas
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