Lia Rodrigues & Faustin Linyekula
With: Lia Rodrigues & Faustin Linyekula
Moderator: Flore Herman
The Free School comes to a close with a dialogue between Lia Rodrigues and Faustin Linyekula, to continue to feed the reflection initiated during 10 days around the forms of pedagogical transmission. In addition to her work as a choreographer, Lia Rodrigues believes in the synergy between creation and social processes. In 2009, the Centro de Artes was founded in Maré, one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), in collaboration with the Redes association. Since 2012 there is also the Escola Livre de Dança da Maré, a free school that offers theatre lessons, neighbourhood meetings, dance and music shows to more than 300 students. Dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula founded Studios Kabako in Kisangani (DRC), a place of training, research, creation and exchange for Congolese and international artists. Viewing to stimulate decentralisation and inclusion in the area, this initiative confirms the possibility of cultural influence in a country where legitimacy most often comes from the international community.
Based on their experiences, which specifically respond to the artistic and socio-economic context in which they develop, Lia Rodrigues and Faustin Linyekula open up new perspectives on the possible ways of artistic transmission today.
Dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula lives and works in Kisangani in the DR Congo. After studying literature and drama in Kisangani, he moved to Nairobi in 1993 and in 1997 with Opiyo Okach and Afrah Tenambergen set up the Gàara company, Kenya's first contemporary dance company. Their first creation, Cleansing, won a prize at the African Choreographic Encounters held in Luanda in 1998. In 2001 he felt a need to return to Zaire which by then had become the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country torn apart by several years of bloody conflict, and a trip for a workshop scheduled to last a few weeks became a life choice. Faustin set up the Studios Kabako, an organisation for dance and visual theatre, "a place where people work, where you are always looking and sometimes you find, a place where you doubt but where some evenings certainty imposes itself". Faustin Linyekula has created ten pieces with his company. In 2009, he created more more more... future, a rock-opera-ndombolo which has toured Europe as well as North America and Africa. In 2009 he gave a rare and wonderful performance himself in the duet Sans-titre with Raimund Hoghe. That year, he also proposed a production of Jean Racine's Bérénice for the Comédie Française and Pour en finir avec Bérénice was performed with six Congolese actors at the Festival d'Avignon in July 2010 and at the Théâtre National de Chaillot and the KVS theatre in Brussels in 2011. In 2007 he won the principal award of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.
Born in Brazil, Lia Rodrigues established Groupo Andança in 1977 after studying classical ballet in São Paulo. She lived in France between 1980 and 1982, joining Maguy Marin’s dance company. When she returned to Brazil, she moved to Rio de Janeiro and set up the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças. Her choreographies have won numerous awards in Brazil and abroad. She set up the annual Panorama Rioarte de Dança contemporary dance festival in 1992, running it until 2005. In France, she created one of the Fables à la Fontaine in 2005 and Hymnen in 2007. La Ferme du Buisson offered her a Carte Blanche in April 2010 and the French government made her a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her creations include Ce dont nous sommes faits (2000), Formas Breves (2002) Incarnat (2005), Chantiers poétiques (2008), Pororoca (2009) and Piracema (2011). She has been based in the Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro since 2003, working on artistic and teaching projects.
Flore Herman works as a moderator and for the audience development of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. She also collaborates on artistic and socio-artistic projects with artists Anne Thuot, Sara Sampelayo and Sarah Vanhee.Back to top