LETTERS FROM THE CONTINENT
Studios Kabako (Kisangani)
Gasteig ALT | Festival Center
06.11. 16:00 – 17:20
Available on our website from 06.11. to 07.11.
In French with English and German subtitles
LETTERS FROM THE CONTINENT are 21 letters to the world, 21 self-portraits of young artists* in times of crisis. They live in Lagos, Moroni, Tunis, Cape Town, Lubumbashi and other cities on the continent of Africa and work in the fields of dance, choreography, performance and acting. In short video pieces recorded between May and June 2020, they talk about their daily lives in the pandemic. They are concerned about their bodies, their art, and the political and economic crises around them. In addition to addressing the conditions and visibility of their work, they envision their roles and responsibilities as artists. These accounts of a new generation blend fears, hopes, dreams, and survival strategies into a multitude of images and stories of a continent on the move.
Dorine, why did you chose art and not law? My answer is simple: I was afraid. I was afraid I’d end up amongst them. Amongst those who act like gods, devise they ploys and play-act. With no gown or place amongst them, I chose art. To resist to their dramaturgy. For that I have my body, my pen, my voice.
– Dorine Mokha in LETTERS FROM THE CONTINENT
With Fatoumata Bagayoko (Mali, sent from Bamako) Collectif d’Art-d’Art | Michael Disanka | Christiana Tabaro (DRCongo, sent from Kinshasa) Cie La Mer noire | Alioune Sow | Khoudia Touré | Kirsner Tsengou Dingha | Pierre-Claver Belleka (Senegal, sent from Dakar) Hamdi Dridi (Tunis, sent from Montpellier | France) Didier Ediho (DRCongo, sent from Kinshasa) Chourouk El-Mahati | Moad Haddadi | Mohamed Lamqayssi (Maroc, sent from Belfort / France) Kaïsha Essiane (Gabon, sent from Libreville) Marcel Gbeffa (Benin, sent from Gaborone | Botswana) Qondiswa James (Republic of South Africa, sent from Cape Town) Samwel Japhet (Tanzania, sent from Dar-es-Salaam) Jeannot Kumbonyeki (DRCongo, sent from Kinshasa) Souleymane Ladji Kone (Burkina Faso, sent from Ouagadougou) Seifeddine Manai (Tunisie, sent from Tunis) Judith Olivia Manantenasoa (Madagascar, sent from Antananarivo) Dorine Mokha (DRCongo, sent from Lubumbashi) Abdoul Mujyambere (Rwanda, sent from Kigali) Salim Mzé Hamadi Moisi (Comoros, sent from Moroni) Nagham Salah Othman (Soudan, sent from Cairo) Germaine Sikota (Togo, sent from Lome) Maria Tembé (Mozambique, sent from Maputo) Westsyde Lifestyle | Ambrose Idemudia Joshua | Daniel Emmanuel Olajuwon | Ordia Eromose | Osokoya Yemi (Nigeria, sent from from Lagos) Conception | artistic direction Virginie Dupray, Faustin Linyekula Post-production Faustin Linyekula Assistant postproduction Franck Moka Stagiaires post-production Samuel Abotipay, Chimène Baofa, Benjamin Bukasa, Derhwa Kasunzu, Loys Linyekula, Antoine Mawazo, Dorcas Mulamba Musique originale Franck Moka
Studios Kabako was founded in 2001 by director and choreographer Faustin Linyekula in Kinshasa. In addition to the production and distribution of Faustin Linyekula's works, Studios Kabako supports young artists and experts from Congo in the training and production of their works in a holistic approach. They receive financial support, residencies and artistic and technical advice. The support of artists is adapted to their curriculum vitae and includes the fields of dance, theater, but also cultural management and technical management. Since 2007, the studios have been located in Kisangani and have been expanded to include the fields of music, film and video. They also work with communities in the Lubunga District on education, drinking water, sustainability and environmental projects. In 2018, they acquired their first pilot drinking water treatment plant and land.
Production and realization
Production Studios Kabako | Virginie Dupray Assistant production Jonathan Adnan, Isaac Yenga Coproduction A-CDCN | CEC ArtsLink | Charleroi Danse Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie Bruxelles | L’échangeur CDCN Hauts-de-France | Festival de Marseille | Hau Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin | Institut français in Paris | Kaserne Basel | Manège, scène nationale, | La Manufacture, CDCN Nouvelle Aquitaine Bordeaux La Rochelle | MC 93 Bobigny | Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) Brussels | SPIELART Theaterfestival Munich | Prohelvetia Johannesburg, with the Swiss Arts Council & Swiss Agency for Development | Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne | Touka danses CDCN Guyane Support from L’Art Rue Tunis | The National Arts Festival – RSA