Faustin Linyekula / NTGent
Thu 21.0220:00 - 22:00Minard
Fri 22.02-Sat 23.0222:00 - 00:00Minard
Sat 23.0220:00 - 22:00Minard
Tue 26.0220:00 - 22:00Minard
Wed 27.0220:00 - 22:00Minard
Because Congolese artists were denied visa, this production is postponed.
You can read here the open letter by Vooruit, NTGent, Campo, Faustin Linyekula, Festival D'Avignon & Wiener Festwochen.
Extra: Debate with Faustin Linyekula & Milo Rau on international artistic collaboration and visa. 21.02 - 18:00 Minard / More info: NTGent.be.
Dancer, choreographer and theatre director Faustin Linyekula’s work focuses on post-colonial questions, inspired by a legacy of decades of war, terror and anguish in his homeland of Congo. In ‘Histoire(s) du Théâtre II’ he combines his personal story with the history of contemporary African dance.
Faustin was born in 1974, the year of the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, the legendary boxing match in Kinshasa between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. In the same period African countries were seeking their own identities after gaining their independence. Ironically enough, this often led to cultural statements following European examples, such as the founding of a national ballet. In Congo dancers with different styles and from different regions sought to unite their traditions in one big national ballet. In a sense, colonisation was followed by self-colonisation.
The international press has written the following about Linyekula and his oeuvre: “breathtaking political art” (Los Angeles Times), “a darling of the international festivals” (New York Times) and “quite possibly the most important artist working on the African continent today” (Frieze magazine).
performance: Oscar Van Rompay, Wawina Lifeteke, Marie-Jeanne Ndjoku Masula, Ikondongo Mukoko, Papy Maurice Mowiti - director: Faustin Linyekula - dramaturgy: Eva-Maria Bertschy - assistant director: Papy Maurice Mbwiti - music & composition: Ray Lema - production: NTGent - thanks to: Mariposa
photo © Michiel Devijver
multiple languages, Dutch & English subtitles