During a visit to the Musée du Quai Branly, choreographer Byb Bibene discovered the Nkisi Nkondi statue from the Kongo people in central Africa, a divine figure representing the moral and spiritual codes as well as political and religious symbols of power, resistance, fear, and defiance. Through this new work, Bibene questions the function of dances by the community - the ceremonial and sacred and those solely reserved for the initiated.
Byb Chanel Bibene is a choreographer and performer working in theater and contemporary dance. His own technical and aesthetic sensibility is rooted in the culture and dances of his country of origin. He has toured and performed internationally with companies originating from Africa, England, France and the USA.
Photo by Jen Philip
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playUnderstanding "Nkisi Nkondi: Sacred Kongo Sculpture" at the 2018 Walking Distance Dance Festival
Walking Distance Dance Festival
This year’s Walking Distance Dance Festival traces performing artists and creative habitats within and beyond the Bay to share a powerful harvest from a Euripides-inspired Latin disco-pop variety show to free improvisers and fierce solo acts. On creating, writer Rebecca Solnit asks, “What are your principal crops? Who do they feed?” Enjoy these artists working across disciplines to offer artistic sustenance to kickoff the summer.