At the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, the Congo basin was allocated to King Leopold the second by the European powers carving up the African continent. Since then, the country has had many names - the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, Congo-Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo - and at least as many conquerors, independence fighters, explorers and dictators. ‘Congo does not exist. It is only a river and the big forest’, according to one of the French writer Éric Vuillard’s characters in his documentary novel Congo. In this ode to his homeland, Faustin Linyekula reflects on this claim, continuing his lifetime exploration of his country. Together with Pasco Losanganya and Daddy Moanda Kamono, he gives his country a voice and a face using dance, text and sound.
artistieke leiding Faustin Linyekula tekst Eric Vuillardmet Daddy Moanda Kamono, Faustin Linyekula, Pasco Losanganya muziek Franck Moka, Faustin Linyekula licht Koceila Aduabed coproductie Théâtre de la Ville / Festival d’Automne – Paris, Le Manège, Scène Nationale de Reims, HAU Hebbel am Ufer – Berlin, Ruhrtriennale, Vidy-Lausanne Theatre, Holland Festival – Amsterdam productie Studios Kabako, Virginie Dupray met steun van the Centre National de la Danse – Pantin, Centre Dramatique National de Normandie-Rouen
An introduction to this performance takes place at 20:15 hours.
After the performance on Saturday June 15, you can meet with Eric Vuillard.