het Theater Festival

“Together with a superb ensemble full of her own signatures, Seutin's choreographic vocabulary manages to infuse the 'collective individuality' of African heritage into a multidimensional discourse anchored in the local and contemporary performing arts field.”


Mimi’s Shebeen

Alesandra Seutin / Vocab Dance & KVS


Mimi’s Shebeen is a powerful new theatre production by KVS face and artist Alesandra Seutin and her company Vocab Dance. Through dance, text, singing and music, she takes the audience into the depths of a deconstructed Shebeen* and on a journey full of life, struggle, perseverance and determination.

Inspired by the South-African singer Miriam Makeba and her exile from her own country, Seutin uses the legacy of Makeba’s work as a political activist to convey stories of exile, immigration and human rights.

Mimi’s Shebeen will infuse the unique and unmistakable signatory style of Seutin’s Afro-Centric Dance Theatre. Lisette Ma Neza provides the text, Angelo Moustapha and Tarang Cissokho the music, and Tutu Puoane sings.

Where do you find the strength to keep your head held high when you have been exiled from your motherland, separated from your mother, your people and your roots? How do you survive – flourish, even – so far away from everyone and everything you know?

*A shebeen is an unlicensed bar in the South African townships.




Concept & choreografie / concept & choréographie / concept & choreography: Alesandra Seutin
Muziek / musique / music: Angelo Moustapha & Zouratié Koné
Tekst / texte / text: Lisette Ma Neza & Lebo Mashile
Performance / interprétation: Tutu Puoane, Nandi Bhebhe, Kopano Maroga, Nosiphiwo Samente, Hendrickx Ntela, Elaisa van der Kust
Dramaturgie / dramaturgy Gerardo Salinas
Scenografie / Scénographie / scenography: Stef Stessel
Assistente scenographie / assistent scenography: Ine Van Bortel
Kostuums / costumes: Caroline Fainke
Soundscape / paysage sonore: Hans Mullens
Light design / conception lumières / lighting design: Margareta Andersen & Stef Stessel
Geluidsontwerp / conception son / sound design: Diederik De Cock
Stemcoach / coach vocal / vocal coach: Randolph Matthews Productieleiding / directeur de production / production manager: Ella De Gregoriis
Assistent van de choreograaf / assistente de la choréographe / assistance to the choreographer: Nandi Bhebhe
Muzikale ondersteuning / support musical / musical support: Tarang Cissokho
Onderzoek / recherche / research: Kopano Maroga
Workshop facilitator / faciliteur d'atelier: Rokia Bamba
Bijkomende steun / soutien additionelle / additional support: Uprise Rebel
Boventiteling / surtitrage / surtitling Inge Floré
Vertaling / traduction / translation: Anne Vanderschueren, Alex Stockman
Spreiding & tourmanagement / diffusion & directeur rice de tournée / distribution & tour direction: Saskia Liénard Productie / production: Vocab Dance & KVS
Coproductie / coproduction: Perpodium, Sadler's Wells London
Met de steun van / avec le soutien de / with the support of de Belgische Federale Overheid via Cronos Invest
PARTERRE €26 / +65: €24 / -26: €22 / -18: €14

BALKON €24 / +65: €22 / -26: €20 / -18: €14
duration: 85 min.
language: Multi with surtitling in Dutch, French and English