Popular culture in the city of Kinshasa is rich and protean. It is born, grows and generally dies out. One of the strong manifestations, or one of the settings in which this nebula manifests itself or is staged, is funerals. During them, in Kinshasa, families mobilise and respect a set of codes established by the community. In this city, which is a melting pot of several of the country’s cultures, customary practices mix and give rise to an almost homogenous funeral vision that is typically Kinshasa. This video, in which the two dancers are staged to music with a funeral scene, relates the acts, stages and main lines of this ceremony; its variations, its importance, the solemn stages and the respect of established codes demonstrating how much the traditional, in this cosmopolitan megalopolis, and the modern have homogenised to create new ways of conceiving death. Places and moments of weeping and joy, reunions, disputes, love affairs, atmosphere, alcohol, ostentation, influences, influence peddling; funerals are here taken in an artistic approach, by these artists, highlighting them through the mixture of video art, contemporary dance, sound, etc.
GUELORD VULU lives and works in Kinshasa. Congolese of nationality, he was born in Kinshasa in 1989. He graduated in 2006-2007 with a State diploma (Baccalaureate) in Commercial option, and has been able to obtain other diplomas and certificates in the artistic field, which he has been practicing professionally since 2005. In Jant-Bi School of Sand, in Senegal, with the famous dancer Germaine Acogny called the mother of African contemporary dance, he was able to complete a course of professional traditional and contemporary dance of Africa in 2011.
With this rich experience he has gone through almost all the stages that make up the history of hip-hop dance in DR Congo. Founder of the dance group ART-CON, in 2003, several times champion of Kinshasa in urban dance competitions “Mudjansa”, he focuses his work alongside young hip hop talents and creates shows rich in emotions. He has revisited all the techniques of hip hop dance in order to challenge them.