Faustin Linyekula | Text : Éric Vuillard (Kisangani | Lyon)

entrance € 18,00 | reduced € 9,00

Cool-Down with Antje Otto after the performance on Nov 5th | Artist talk after the performance on Nov 6th, moderated by Max-Philip Aschenbrenner

French with German and English supertitles

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  • Rollstuhlgerecht
  • Induktive Höranlage

“Congo does not exist. It is just a river and a large forest.” Congo first had to be invented, according to Éric Vuillard in his novel of the same name. The Belgian King Leopold II wants a colony all to himself, a country as a private corporation. After the Berlin Congo Conference in 1884, governors, commissioners and enforcers get to work. The internationally celebrated Congolese choreographer and director Faustin Linyekula has worked on Vuillard’s text, mixing words, movements and songs from the Equateur forest. In this chorus work, Linyekula himself appears on stage as a dancer alongside actor Kamono Moanda and the singer Pasco Losanganya in a woodcut-like setting of light and shadow. The dark and beautiful journey culminates in the question: How can we speak, dance or even just stay on our feet in the face of the atrocities of the past?

Faustin Linyekula shows two works at SPIELART 2019. BANATABA can be seen on Oct 25th.

Theater   Postcolonialism   Politics and History  

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With Daddy Moanda Kamono, Faustin Linyekula, Pasco Losanganya Artistic Direction Faustin Linyekula Text Éric Vuillard (Actes Sud), German translation Matthes & Seitz Berlin Sound Design Franck Moka, Faustin Linyekula Light Design Koceila Aouabed 

Dancer and choreographer 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, sustainability and environment. Linyekula’s pieces are touring worldwide.


Born in 1968 in Lyon, France, Éric Vuillard is a French writer and film director. His second film, MATEO FALCONE (2008), was based on a story by Prosper Mérimée. He is the author of CONQUISTADORS (2009) which won the Ignatius-J.Reilly prize. Other works include: LA BATAILLE D’OCCIDENT, CONGO and TRISTESSE DE LA TERRE. Published in 2017, L’ORDRE DU JOUR explores the behind-the-scene stories of political and diplomatic negotiations in Europe on the eve of World War II, it was awarded the prestigious Prix Goncourt in France.

Production Studios Kabako Co-production Théâtre de la Ville / Festival d’Automne Paris, Ruhrtriennale, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brüssel, Le Manège, Scène nationale de Reims, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Théâtre Vidy- Lausanne, Holland Festival Amsterdam. Supported by the Centre National de la Danse Pantin, Centre Dramatique National de Normandie-Rouen and KVS Brüssel.