Faustin Linyekula / Studios Kabako / Éric Vuillard



French / 115 min.

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With “Congo”, Faustin Linyekula, otherwise rather known for his choreographic work, reworks the history of the country's origins as a piece for theatre. He looks into the construction of this country, which goes back to the so-called West Africa Conference. In the winter of 1884/1885, at the invitation of Bismarck, the European powers of the day decided on how to divide the African continent into colonies. For his piece, Linyekula has worked on Éric Vuillard’s book “Congo” (2012) around the emergence of the Congolese state. 

In the book one can read: “Congo does not exist. There is only a river and the large jungle.” Linyekula himself will be joined on stage by the actors Daddy Moanda Kamono and Pasco Losanganya. Songs from the Équateur region as well as field recordings made at rubber plantations form an essential element of the production. Linyekula’s powerful works channel memories and combat their extinction. They trace the consequences of decades of war and violence.                                      


Artistic direction: Faustin Linyekula / Text: Éric Vuillard / With: Daddy Moanda Kamono, Faustin Linyekula, Pasco Losanganya / Music: Franck Moka, Faustin Linyekula / Light: Koceila Aouabed / Surtitles: Virginie Dupray, Melmum Bajarchuu


  • Past
    Wed 4.12.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
    Thu 5.12.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
    Fri 6.12.2019, 19:00 / HAU1


Production: Studios Kabako. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Théâtre de la Ville / Festival d’Automne Paris, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brüssel, Ruhrtriennale, Manège Scène nationale – Reims, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Holland Festival Amsterdam. Supported by: Centre National de la Danse Pantin, Centre Dramatique National de Normandie-Rouen, KVS Brüssel. With kind permission of Actes Sud and Matthes & Seitz Berlin.


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