Solid Gold & Jolie

THURSDAY 27TH NOV || 20:00 – 21:00 || TJARNARBÍO 

Photos: Vincent Pinckaers and Christian Tundula

Solid Gold and Jolie are two solos created by the Brussels-based Canadian choreographer Ula Sickle for, and together with, two dancers from Kinshasa, Dinozord and Jolie Ngemi. Sound artist Yann Leguay creates a live sound track for both solos sampling and transforming the sounds produced by the dancers themselves - their voices, footsteps and breath.

Solid Gold, danced by Dinozord, draws from his background in hip hop, tracing an alternative dance history that spans several continents - from traditional African dance and early Broadway entertainment to more recent dance styles sampled from MTV or the Internet. Dinozord draws inspiration from an all-star cast of performers such as Cab Calloway, Chubby Checker, James Brown (live in Zaire in 1974), Boogaloo Sam, the NYC Breakers & Rock Steady Crew to Michael Jackson and the Krumper Tight Eyez, with a wink to the Congolese N’dombolo dance style. As the solo moves from one hit dance style to the next, and from one epoch to another, the dancers amplified movement and breath becomes a musical score upon which he in turn dances.

The second solo, Jolie, starts in the present while looking towards the future. Jolie Ngemi confronts the codes of contemporary dance with popular Congolese dances sampled from music videos and local night clubs. In the solo Jolie takes on the role of the Atalaku, or MC, who in Congolese music urges the other performers and those in the crowd to dance. Her voice, sampled and transformed live becomes the music that accompanies her, entering into resonance with her movement. A research into popular dance cultures, their global spread and their identity- and community-forming function, the two solos are also an impressive testimony to the current Congolese dance scene, its energy, creativity and the commitment with which these performers combine various artistic and everyday languages and influences, drawing an alternative canon to contemporary western dance. 


Solid Gold

Creation Ula Sickle, Dinozord & Yann Leguay 

Direction Ula Sickle 

Performance Dinozord 

Sound design & live sound Yann Leguay 

Lighting design Ula Sickle

Tour technician Elke Verachtert 

Executive production Caravan Production (Brussels, BE) 

Residencies Les bains Connectives (Brussels, BE), KVS (Brussels, BE), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussel, BE), Tangente (Montreal, CA) With the support of the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region (VGC), l’Office franco-québécois de la jeunesse, the Canada Council for the ArtsThanks to Studios Kabako (Kisangani, DRC), Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, FR), Kaaitheater (Brussel, BE)


Creation Ula Sickle, Jolie Ngemi & Yann Leguay 

Direction Ula Sickle 

Performance Jolie Ngemi 

Sound design & live sound Yann Leguay 

Sound programming Sylvain Lebeux 

Lighting design Ula Sickle, Peter Fol 

Tour technician Elke Verachtert

Executive production Caravan Production (Brussels, BE) 

Co-production Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales Seine-Saint-Denis (FR), Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), KVS (Brussels, BE), B:OM Festival (Seoul, KR) with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Arts Management Service Residencies KVS & Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles (Kinshasa, DRC), Seoul Arts Space - Mullae (Seoul, KR), Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels, BE) With the support of the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region (VGC)

Ula Sickle (CA/PL/BE) is a choreographer and performer, living and working in Brussels. She studied Art History in Toronto and Performance Studies in Paris before attending P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. From 2008 to 2010 Ula studied film and video at Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing (FR).While her work takes many forms, from film to installation to live performance, it is frequently informed by a choreographic approach to movement and a work on perception and reception, specific to the live arts. Her interest in looking for an alternative to the cannon of contemporary dance, has led her to seek out performers who embody other movement histories – such as in her collaborations with performers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Solid Gold, 2010; Jolie, 2011 & Kinshasa Electric, 2014), or in her work with an self-taught dancer Marie De Corte (Extreme Tension, 2012). Frequently centered around strong performers, in these works Ula Sickle searches for forms of choreographic writing, where the culture coding and political power of popular dancing can be revealed or where the musicality and materiality of the body itself take centre stage.Ula Sickle is currently working on the new creation Prelude with sound artist Yann Leguay and vocalist/performer Stine Janvin Motland (premiere November 6thBrussels) that will be followed by the group performance Resilience in 2015.


When: Thursday 27th November @20:00 – 21:00

Where: Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargata 12, 101 RVK

Duration: 30 mins each