Faustin Linyekula (Kisangani)

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English with German supertitles

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Dancer, choreographer and storyteller Faustin Linyekula says he has never been interested in objects. Yet it is an object that prompted him to embark with his mother and uncle upon an arduous journey to their ancestors’ village – a sculpture, found in the storerooms of the Metropolitan Museum. In New York, it does not seem worth exhibiting. In Lengola villages where it was created, it probably stood at the public square, unprotected, yet therefore accessible to all residents. By ordering a local sculptor to copy the statue, Linyekula symbolically transports the work of art back to its place of origin, reflecting on the injustice of colonial art theft. In the dance performance which arose out of this journey, he and the dancer Moya Michael interrogate the relationship between local art history and collective identity. If masks and statues are the archives of Congolese villages, how can their communities remain in touch with their plundered past? What is left of the stories inherent in the objects if they are wrested away from their point of origin?    


Faustin Linyekula shows two works at SPIELART 2019. CONGO can be seen on Nov 5th and 6th.

Dance Performance   Postcolonialism  

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Artistic Direction Faustin Linyekula Performance Moya Michael, Faustin Linyekula Video | Sound Faustin Linyekula Photo Loys Linyekula


Translation Surtitles Lilian-Astrid Geese

Faustin Linyekula lives and works in Kisangani, North-East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, former Zaire, former Belgian Congo, former independent state of Congo. After studying literature and drama in Kisangani, he moved to Nairobi and in 1997 set up Kenya’s first contemporary dance company. Back in Congo in June 2001, he created in Kinshasa the Studios Kabako, a space dedicated to dance, visual theatre, providing training programmes, as well as supporting research and creation. In 2007, the Studios Kabako moved to Kisangani and opened up to new artistic fields: music, film and video. The studios are also working with communities of the Lubunga district, one of the most fragile neighbourhood of Kisangani, around education, drinking water sustainability and environment. Linyekula’s pieces are touring worldwide. In 2016, Faustin was associate artist to the city of Lisbon and in 2019 to the Holland Festival Amsterdam. In 2018 he was awarded the first Soros Arts Fellowship. These past months, he premiered CONGO at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts (to be seen at SPIELART on November 5th and 6th) and HISTOIRE(S) DU THÉATRE II at the Avignon Festival.


Since moving to Brussels from South Africa in 1997, Moya Michael has been an active contributor in the performing arts ecosystem in Belgium. She studied at P.A.R.T.S., spent 5 years in London and became a founding member of the Akram Khan Company. In 2005 she returned to Belgium to work with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Rosas, where she performed in many original creations as well as repertoire. She was also dancing in creations by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Mårten Spångberg. In recent years, there have been 3 distinct touchstones in her career as an artist: The first turning point was in 2013, when she created DARLING with Igor Shyshko, a reflection on personal curves and layers of identity. These conceptual threads were present in the second major turning point as well; working with Faustin Linyekula on his creation of a solo, THE DIALOGUE SERIES IV:MOYA, and travelling together to Johannesburg and Kisangani, exploring one another’s places of origin. Moya is currently touring COLOURED SWANS, a series of collaborative solos around identity: COLOURED SWANS 1: KHOISWAN, a collaboration with Tracey Rose, COLOURED SWANS 2: ELDORADO, with David Hernandez, and COLOURED SWANS 3: HARRIET'S REMIX.

Production Studios Kabako | Virginie Dupray Co-production Metropolitan Live Arts (New York) Supported by French Institute Alliance Française in New York (FIAF)

Realization in cooperation with Haus der Kunst