Water, l’atterrée des eaux vives
Everything in Castelie Yalombo’s choreography is unstable. She is alone on stage, but her body seems to be manipulated from the outside. Her movements are disjointed: suddenly, with her eyes closed in front of a basin of water, she shapes her limbs and movements as if her body is guided by conflicting forcesshe has become her own puppeteer. With this performance, Castelie Yalombo creates a choreography of rare power. Starting from the relationship with her own identity – born in Belgium to a Belgian mother and a Congolese father – she undertakes what she defines as her odyssey in the space of a mixed identity. In front of the audience, her body is crossed by various historical references, but they dissolve every time to claim a singularity more complex than fixed categories. She moves in a space surrounded by clay sculptures, whose colors evoke different tones of skin, while the forms bring to mind a body’s matter before it takes shape, before it is enclosed in a distinct identity. She moves between one image and another in a unique, hypnotic fashion until she becomes a clown, the only figure authorized to speak outside the box.
Castélie Yalombo Lilonge is a Spanish/Belgian/Congolese artist, born and living in Brussels. Graduated from ULB as well as a Master from the Higher Institute of Choreographic Arts of ARBA-ESA in 2020. She collaborates as a dancer-performer, external gaze, co-creator. Her artisticpractice is at the intersection of choreography (in its broader meaning), installation and poeticspeech.