Ready to blossom and overgrow the past
SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT is an international arts festival at Campo, NTGent and Vooruit in partnership raising issues on identity, (de)colonization and geopolitical economy with a special focus on artists from the African continent. The festival is running from Wednesday 20 February until Saturday 02 March. We went through the programme and found you five treasures to check. Read on!
Text by Lynn Cailliau
20 February, Vooruit (café)
Inspired by her formative years in Zimbabwe between the 70s and the 90s, Nora Chipaumire challenges and celebrates punk, pop, and Congolese rumba through the music of Patti Smith, Grace Jones, and Rit Nzele in her performances. In #PUNK, Chipaumire enacts punk’s rejection of the status quo, ethics, and ethos, embracing the possibility that there is no future, that the future is in the present.
Chipaumire shines in this explosive performance in which rock, reggae, African dance and racist stereotypes all clash.
21 & 22 February, Campo
Bursting with creativity, sense of humour and unbridled energy, Dominican-American choreographer Ligia Lewis and two other performers roll and throw themselves around on stage in a red scenery in Minor Matter. Red, the colour of love but also of anger and that is exactly what drives them when they dance. Pushing themselves to the limit of exhaustion, all three performers eventually come to the essence of what theater is. And that foundation is: blackness.
22 & 23 February, NTGent Arca
The starting point for rapper, producer and actor Pitcho Womba Konga’s Kuzikiliza, was Patrice Lumumba’s speech on the independence of the Congo on 13th June 1960. A speech that is still relevant today. How do we reconcile past and present while the decolonisation is in full swing?
27-28 February, Campo
‘Golibmuwon’, this untranslatable Korean word expresses the feeling of complete isolation and refers also to a sensation that a lot of young Koreans are experiencing today. Growing up in an armed forces regime such as South Korea, Jaha Koo was living in extreme loneliness until one day his only companion, his cuckoo rice cooker, starts chatting to him. In Cuckoo, Koo takes us through a 600-year span of South Korean history interacting with a bunch of talkative rice cookers as his only co-performers. Through clever and touching interactions in a sort of theatre-lecture performance we get to witness Koo’s lonely life in a high tech society. Don’t miss out on this, you, over there, sitting behind your screen.
28 February, Vooruit
Yes she’s back! This name might ring a bell – Nkisi, alias Melika Ngombe Kolongo, born in Congo, raised in Belgium and living in London as we speak, is active as a producer, dj and also co-founder of NON Records, a collective of African artists and of the diaspora. Besides all that, Nkisi is also a regular guest at the Endless club night, playing stirring fast-paced tunes drawing from multiple influences from African club music to darkcore. The evening will be curated by Nkisi herself, confirmed are Cold War (Nkisi & John T Gast) and Angel-HO. Be ready to get blown away.
This event is free for members!
01 March – Campo
Double bill on the agenda at Campo, showcasing Amanda van Hesteren’s Clive: my holiday lover in Jamaica and Jamaica, one year ago directed by Lara Verheijden at once. Both directors went with their camera to Jamaica seeking a non-Western culture that appealed to them, bringing it in picture from their own personal perspective. The entrancing result is featured in these two documentary-style movies flirting with the boundaries of friendship, art, and exoticism.