Taboo and Heroes returns on stage
May 21 (8pm),
May 23 (9pm)
May 30 (5:30pm)
Venue: Fort Mason, Fleet Room, Building D, San Francisco.
"When war struck the Congo in 1997 my family and I fled Brazzaville to escape the chaos of the coup d’état. Kidnapped at one point, I thought they would shoot me from behind when let go, like so many others. Finally rejoining my parents and siblings, we had a terrible choice to make: either walk nearly 500 miles to get to Pointe‐Noire or try to find a place on a train already overcrowded with thousands of people." - Byb Chanel Bibene
Taboo and Heroes is a multimedia work that addresses the reality and consequences of violence and corruption through the specific experience of the war that overtook the Republic of Congo in the late 1990’s. Using dance performance and creative documentary film-making, choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene, joined by Kiandanda Dance Theater, narrates his personal experiences, in which hope was the only strength for survival. Bringing together dance and theater performers, an original music score, set design, and video elements, the piece aims to transport the audience into the charged atmosphere of conflict that permeated the Republic of Congo and continues to echo in Congolese life to this day.
It's been quite a journey with this project. Four years now of research, maturing and productions. It's just amazing!
These performances of Taboo and Heroes by Byb & Kiandanda Dance Theater at SFIAF are part of the Fort Mason Center Presents series and were partially underwritten with the support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
This work was developed through the CounterPULSE Performing Diaspora Program with the support of the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Also thanks to our individual donors.