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Faustin Linyekula [CANCELLED]

Historie(s) of Theatre II
© Agathe Poupeney.
© Agathe Poupeney.
© Agathe Poupeney.
© Agathe Poupeney.
© Agathe Poupeney.
© Agathe Poupeney.

Faustin Linyekula was born in 1974 when the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ took place in Kinshasa: the legendary boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. In the same period, after becoming politically independent, African countries were searching for their own identity. Ironically, this sometimes lead to cultural statements based on European examples – like the founding of a ‘national ballet’ in several countries. After Guinea and Senegal, it was Zaire's turn to create its Ballet in 1974, bringing together in a single ensemble different music and dance forms from this immense country...

It is interesting and moving to see how African leaders turned to the body, movement and music to invent a certain idea of the nation. But what could have been a formidable laboratory, questioning the "body of the nation", quickly became a propaganda tool and a source of fierce political rivalries.

In this show Faustin Linyekula, joined by three original members of  the Zaire National Ballet,  revisits the first steps of the young Congolese nation.


26 NOV 2020
THU 21:00

27 NOV 2020
FRI 21:00

Main auditorium


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Co-funded by Creative Europe Programme Project Create to Connect / Create to Impact

Create do Connect

With the support

Institut Français

Part of Alkantara Festival

Alkantara Festival

Artistic director

Faustin Linyekula 

Assistant director

Papy Maurice Mbwiti 


Wawina Lifeteke, Papy Maurice Mbwiti, Ikondongo Mukoko, Marie-Jeanne Ndjoku Masula, Oscar Van Rompay 


Stefan Bläske 

Dramaturgy intern

Castélie Yalombo 


Ignace Yenga 

Light technician

Geert de Rodder 

Sound & video technician

Frederik Vanslembrouck


L’épopée de Lyanja performed by Ballet National de la Compagnie Théâtre National Congolais (excerpts) 

Produced by

Virginie Dupray/Studios Kabako, Greet Prové/NTGent

COProduced by

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main

With support from

the Belgian Tax Shelter

In collaboration with

Ballet National de la Compagnie Théâtre National Congolais and Isaano/ Positive Production (Kigali)

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme project Create to Connect, Create to Impact

Presented in Portugal with the support of Institut Français

"História(s) do Teatro II" Faustin Linyekula - Festival d'Avignon 2019
"História(s) do Teatro II" Faustin Linyekula - Festival d'Avignon 2019
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