Congolese all-round talent's political dance solo

Piki Piki

Djino Alolo Sabin, Studios Kabako

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Congolese all-round talent Djino Alolo Sabin trained as a dancer at Studios Kabako and now dances with French choreographer Boris Charmatz among others. He made his second own work in Kisangani: Piki Piki. This political solo is inspired by two objects in his parent's house: a broken-down truck and the portrait of his grandfather which hung prominently in the living room for his entire youth. Djino's grandfather was a very committ ed supporter of the Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba (1925- 1961). One day he suddenly disappeared, most likely murdered, as Lumumba was. His grandfather's piercing eyes in the photograph haunted Alolo Sabin for years and inspired him to pursue his dream and keep on fighting for a bett er life and a bett er country. Piki Piki is that dream.

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background information

Frascati Program Associate Artists
For two weeks Frascati theatre will be the home of associate artists William Kentridge and Faustin Linyekula. Alongside performances by themselves and artists who inspire them, there will be a lot of work from their studios. These presentations show the importance of 

Kentridges The Centre for the Less Good Idea and Linyekula’s Studios Kabako, and how they function. There will be a unique and exciting programme in which the boundaries between various artforms disappear. Also, we will be organising a series of debates, called The Welcome Table, in which themes from the presentations (that are also topical in the Netherlands) are discussed.
Kentridge and Linyekula use The Centre For The Less Good Idea and Studios Kabako to give both young and more experienced (performing) artists the space, opportunities and inspiration to work on their oeuvre. For Amsterdam they selected work using different criteria: Linyekula is giving two young artists the opportunity to test new work on Dutch audiences as works-inprogress; Kentridge selected presentations from all the seasons thus far been organised at The Centre.


Choose one or more parts of the programme and be surprised by performances that not only add a new perspective to Kentridge and Linyekula’s artistry, but also tell new stories – from intensely political reflections, exceptional childhood memories and attempts to create new myths for a new era.



Djino Alolo (1992) grew up in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A self-taught hip-hop dancer, he started his career with the Bad Boyz group, voted Best Street Dance Group of the city in

2009 and 2011. In 2011 his dancing also won him the title of Best Dancer of Orientale Province. In 2008 the Bad Boyz were spotted by the choreographer Faustin Linyekula. Linyekula then invited Alolo to participate in a five-year programme in contemporary dance at Studios Kabako, where he studied with Hafiz Dhaou, Ula Sickle, Andréya Ouamba, Sylvain Prunenec and Boyzie Cekwana among others. In the same period Alolo also studied psychology at the University of Kisangani. In 2013 he attended a course at the Ecole des Sables, Senegal, in association with P.A.R.T.S., Brussels. There he was spotted by the French choreographer Olivier Dubois who invited him to dance in his production Souls (performed in Rotterdam in 2014). Following the Souls tour Djino Alolo settled in France. In 2016 he received the Adami Talents Dance Award and joined Maguy Marin’s company, dancing in the revival of May B. Since 2017 he has toured with Boris Charmatz’s show 10,000 Gestures and since 2018 with Dominique Brun’s Pierre Loup. In 2015 Debout–Se Relever, his first dance creation, was co-produced with Faustin Linyekula’s Studios Kabako. Piki Piki is his second work, a solo performance also produced by Studios Kabako. In parallel to his dance career, Djino Alolo is a rapper and musician, known by his stage name Seigneur Dji.



artistic direction and performance
Djino Alolo Sabin
Djino Alolo Sabin, Franck Moka
Roger Mambembe, Djino Alolo Sabin
external eye
Faustin Linyekula
Anne Palomeres, Jean-Pierre Legout
Studios Kabako, Virginie Dupray
Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie Bruxelles, Ballet du Nord - CCN de Roubaix Hauts de France
with support from
La Bellone, Maison du Spectacle Brussels, Le Centquatre Paris

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