Fire will become ashes, but not now

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30/03/2021 - 31/03/2021

Fire will become ashes, but not now

Inspired by Baldwin's work, Pitcho Womba Konga investigates various questions in his new performance. What does the concept of 'community' mean and what is an 'identity' made of? Is there such a thing as a black identity and can people look for themselves within the limits of the race to which they have been condemned? Who is the victim and who is the perpetrator? Is there a perpetrator at all, or are we all victims of a deep-rooted but crooked system? How can our humanity reconnect us?
KVS face Pitcho Womba Konga: “I feel oppressed by the narrow interpretation that society gives to identity. Why should I, or anyone else, have to choose between one or the other: you are either Belgian or of another nationality; either Muslim, Christian or faithless; man or woman; ... The challenge and struggle of our time is how to give a place to our "multiple identity", which does not tolerate box thinking. Or as Baldwin states: ‘Who you are, can only come from yourself ’.”
With music, slam, beatbox, dance and theatre, Fire Will Become Ashes, But Not Now wants to bring a crossover between different disciplines. The cast is also very diverse. Pitcho Womba Konga: "To say it with the words of Baldwin: ‘I am proud of these people. Not because of their colour but because of their intelligence, their spiritual power and their beauty. The country would best share this pride.’" The show wants to offer different views on issues that should concern all of us to the same extent if we want to learn to coexist better. Because the assignment that Baldwin left us almost 60 years ago remains current today: ‘It's up to all of us, black and white, to make sure the match isn't lit.’

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