Program Main Stage
The QDance Company’s Re:Incarnation is the result of five years of research on body memory, undertaken by The QDance Company in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, where he trained and inspired a new generation of artists without classical/western training. This collective piece showcases the depth and pure, uncompromising joy of west African youth culture. It is marked by the urban chaos of the Nigerian mega-city and current afrobeats dance and music. With Re:Incarnation, Onikeku continues his quest into body memory and seeks a contemporary choreographic vocabulary that is peculiar to this new generation of dancers. The piece centres around the Yoruba culture’s concept of reincarnation (birth, death, re-birth) and its distinctive approach to time and space as cyclical, where temporality is based on points of intensity rather than chronological progression. It brings together in a shared creation process nine young dancers from different Nigerian cities, identified in the course of the three editions of DanceGATHERING Lagos, who re- appropriate the energy of the 60s and 70s afrobeats music and dance, reactivate it, renew it, re-incarnate it in the present, consciously and unconsciously loading it with past and current social struggles.
The performance Re:Incarnation is presented at 27th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of the French Institute.
- Artistic direction: Qudus Onikeku
- Performers: Adila Omotosho, Ambrose Tjark, Angela Okolo, Bukunmi Olukitibi, Busayo Olowu, Faith Okoh, Joshua Gabriel, Obiajulu Sunday Ozegbe, Patience Ebute, Yemi Osokoya
- Live music: Olantunde Obajeun
- Lights: Matthew Yusuf
- Costumes: Wack Ng
- Production: The QdanceCompany
- Production (France): YK Projects
- Coproduction: Biennale de la danse – Lyon, Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou, Les Halles de Schaerbeek – Bruxelles, Théâtre Paul Éluard – Bezons, Escales danse en Val-d’Oise, Théâtre national de Bretagne
Qudus Onikeku is a movement artist made of diversity. Over the past decade, he has established himself as a preeminent, multi-talented artist working with different media: performance, installation, curating, and community organizing. Onikeku’s international artistic research intersects between his interest in body memory and finding new vocabularies for performance, embracing an artistic vision that both respects and challenges Yoruba culture and contemporary dance. He has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed work that ranges from solos to group works, as well as artist-to-artist collaborations with visual artists, architects, musicians, and writers. Onikeku has participated in major exhibitions and festivals across 56 countries, including the Venice Biennale, Biennale de Lyon, Festival d’Avignon, Roma Europa, TED Global, Torino Danza, Kalamata Dance Festival, and Dance Umbrella. He is a visiting professor of dance at the University of California and Columbia College Chicago.