Kiandanda Dance Theater

Kiandanda Dance Theater in partnership with
San Francisco International Arts Festival Present

Taboo and Heroes



Zaccho Dance Studio,

1777 Yosemite Avenue, San Francisco, CA 91124

Tickets & Dates

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00pm

$15 General Admission

“When war struck the Congo in 1997 my family and I fled Brazzaville to escape the chaos of the coup d’etat. Kidnapped at one point, I thought they would shoot me from behind when let go, like so many others. Finally rejoining my parents and siblings, we had a terrible choice to make: either walk nearly 500 miles to get to Pointe‐Noire or try to find a place on a train already overcrowded with thousands of people ” — Taboo and Heroes Piece blurb


Taboo and Heroes is multi-media work that addresses the reality and consequences of violence and corruption through the specific experience of the war that overtook the Republic of Congo in the late 1990’s. In this piece, the choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene narrates his personal experiences, as a survival, in which hope was the only strength for survival.


Dancers’ Group fiscally sponsors taboo and Heroes. Taboo and Heroes is made possible through the generous support of the Zellerbach Family Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CounterPulse, the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco International Art Festival, UC Berkeley, CSUS Sacramento, all individuals who have donated and supported the project.