Jörg Jeshel & Brigitte Kramer
P A S S I O N – L A S T S T O P K I N S H A S A
les ballets C de la B was on tour for one year with the piece pitié! from director Alain Platel and musician Fabrizio Cassol. The tour took them to major capital cities including Berlin, Paris and Tokyo. After more than 100 performances pitié! concluded in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic Kongo. Following several years of unrest and political instability, the country is aspiring to new cultural horizons.For filmmakers Jörg Jeshel and Brigitte Kramer this was the starting point for the documentary Passion – Last Stop Kinshasa. The film is a documentary not only on the breathtaking show, but on the reactions in Congo as well.
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The actor that represents Christ (Serge Kakudji), countertenor of black race, sheathed in a t-shirt with striking icons, excited onstage with a dense and yet light singing, by his human and divine voice, that transports also those who perform with him. Venerated and persecuted, he counts on the support of soprano Laura Claycomb and mezzo Maribeth Diggle, who represent the two fundamental women in the course of his life such as, acording to the traditional iconography, in the final trance, with his death and crucifixion in the episode known as the Passion. The fragility of the suffering Christ, gathered up in the epistles of Paul, manifest themselves in the face of the protagonist, unforgetttabley effected by a dread, by the religious terror that concerns him in first person. His inconsolable crying shows us the human face, fragile, of the divinity in the flesh.”
“El actor que representa a Cristo (Serge Kakudji), contratenor de raza negra enfundado en una camiseta con llamativos iconos, emociona en escena por un canto denso y liviano, por su voz humana y divina, que transportatambién a aquellos que han de ejecutarlo. Venerado y perseguido, cuenta con el apoyo de la soprano Laura Claycomb y la mezzo Maribeth Diggle, quienes representan a las dos mujeres fundamentales en el curso de su vida así como, según la iconografía tradicional, en el trance final, con su muerte y crucifixión en el episodio conocido como Pasión. La debilidad del Cristo sufriente, que la cita de las epístolas paulinas recoge, se pone de manifiesto en el rostro del protagonista, inolvidablemente afectado por un pavor, por el terror religioso que le concierne en primera persona. Su llanto inconsolable nos muestra la faz humana, frágil, de la divinidad en él encarnada.”
Read entire article here (in Spanish)
Actually, there are a soprano, the great Claron McFadden, an alto, the intense mitspielende Christina Zavalloni, and a countertenor, the immensely touching Serge Kakudji.
…But the singer Serge Kakudij bursts once like a bud, swinging his hips as thefracturing life. Otherwise, this performance is like a cut crystal in front of us, strange, but when it comes to contact here.
Read the whole article here – Frankfurter Rundschau
Set against these reservations is the performance of Serge Kakudji, the Congolese counter-tenor. When Kakudji sings, the golden tracery of his voice dispels the overwrought posturing around him, offering us a glimpse of the sublime.”
by Luke Jennings
Read the entire article in The Guardian