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‘There is no such thing as the Congo. There is only a river and the large forest.’ After his much-discussed performance Banataba, in the shadow of the Africa Museum in Tervuren last year, Faustin Linyekula turns the spotlight on the genesis of the Congo. For this purpose, the renowned choreographer has worked with Eric Vuillard, the French author of the acclaimed book Congo (2012) on the emergence of the Congolese state. What is remarkable about the narrative is that it is told by a number of notorious colonists, among them explorers Henry Morton Stanley, Charles Lemaire and torturer Léon Fievez. For the performance Congo, Linyekula sets the text by Vuillard in dialogue with contemporary dance material and immersive sound recordings. In doing so he connects this bloody history with its traumatizing consequences for many Congolese today and he reconstructs a landscape you cannot escape as a spectator.

See also: Free School: Inventing Schools #2, a talk with Lia Rodrigues & Faustin Linyekula

Artistic direction: Faustin Linyekula
Text: Eric Vuillard
With: Daddy Moanda Kamono, Faustin Linyekula, Pasco Losanganya
Soundtrack: Franck Moka, Faustin Linyekula
Light direction: Koceila Aouabed
Surtitling: Babel Subtitling 

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS
Production: Virginie Dupray/Studios Kabako
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre de la Ville/Festival d’Automne (Paris), Ruhrtriennale, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Le Manège, Scène nationale de Reims, Holland festival (Amsterdam), Festival d'Automne à Paris
With the support of: Centre Dramatique National de Normandie-Rouen, Centre National de la Danse – Pantin (Paris), KVS (Brussels)
With the support of the French Institute and the French Embassy in Belgium, in the frame of Extra

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