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Counter tenor Serge Kakudji together with 13 musicians from Kinshasa combine baroque with pop, rock, jazz and a substantial dose of Congolese vitality. Around Kakudji’s vocal parts a whole new, contemporary universe has been created, inspired by the flamboyant ‘sapeurs’, the dandies of Kinshasa who blank out the horrors of war and violence in their country with a penchant for extravagance and exuberance. Director Alain Platel, in whose production pitié Kakudji starred at the HollandFestival in 2009, teamed up with dancer Romain Guion to create the theatrical form. The stage design is by the Congolese artist Freddy Tsimba, renowned for his disturbing war sculptures. The musical direction is by Fabrizio Cassol and Rodriguez Vandama.