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In Kirundi, ICIRORI means “to look into one’s inner mirror, to look one’s history in the face in order to move forward”. Consolate seizes this meaning to create a documentary show that retraces her journey and opens a space for sharing a story that is as intimate as it is collective.
On October 21, 1993, during the war in Burundi, Consolate, barely four and a half years old, wanders into the Kwitaba forest after her parents are murdered. For several days, she lived there at night with her sister before being taken to Belgium to be adopted. Today, she invites us to enter into her sensory memory, to experience the sounds, smells and lights that take her back to this forest. Through the power of art and the senses, the director affirms that her story is collective and concerns everyone.
For several years, Consolate has been conducting documentary and artistic research on her personal history, linked to the issues of identity wrenching, human trafficking and transnational adoption, surrounded by artists who follow her, accompany her and document the process of reappropriation of her history.
ICIRORI is an ongoing work that continues to grow and evolve as Consolate’s quest for identity continues. The first part is a performative and immersive installation in “I”, which plunges the spectators into the heart of Consolate’s memory and invites them to meditate, to think about their deaths together. The second part is a space conceived as an invitation to discover the process that Consolate goes through, and gives access to a part of the documentary research work linked to the project. This documentary space in “WE” is intended to welcome exchanges, sharing of reflections and experiences, valuing the word of the people concerned.
ICIRORI stems from the need to tell one’s story in order to meet one’s roots, and from the urgency to make known the stories of the stolen children in Burundi.
Within the framework of her research on ICIRORI, Consolate has worked closely with several people who, like her, have been adopted. Find their testimonies and more about the project on the online platform UN RETOUR :
Conception, writing, drawings and interpretation: Consolate
Sound creation: Gaspard Dadelsen
Scenography, costume and accessories creation: Micha Morasse
Light creation / video management / stage management / subtitles: Collective la CLaM (Charlotte Persoons, Lou Van Egmond et Margaux Fontaine)
Photography: Mathis Bois
Body and external outlook: Sophie Guisset
Dramaturgy and external outlook: Lara Ceulemans
Video-documentary: Gaspard Audouin
Pedagogy – Research linked with Burundi: Annabelle Giudice
Many thanks to Ateliers du Théâtre National (Joachim Hesse) for their support in the creation of the scenography, and to Ema September for her participation in its creation process.
Production: Capitoline et Joseph
Delegated production: Latitudes Prod. – Lille
Executive production: Les Charges du Rhinoceros
Théâtre National Wallonie Bruxelles (Bruxelles, BE)
Maison de la Culture de Tournai / Maison de Création (Tournai, BE)
Théâtre National de Liège (Liège, BE)
Latitudes Contemporaines (Lille, FR)
Partners in diffusion:
MARS, Mons Arts de la Scène (Mons, BE) / Festival Latitudes Contemporains (Lille, FR)
ICIRORI is developed with the support of the “écran vivant” device of the Office National de Diffusion Artistique (ONDA) and the aid for multidisciplinary projects of the Maison de la Musique Contemporaines
ICIRORI‘s first steps in the creation process have been developped thanks to the support of Théâtre de la Bellone and Théâtre des Tanneurs.