Faustin Linyekula

Statue of Loss

Part of "Return to Sender"


45 Min

What remains 100 years after the deaths of the Congolese soldiers who fought and died in Europe and Africa? In his latest dance performance Faustin Linkeyula will explore one man’s attempt to build a monument to the Congolese soldiers who fought and fell during World War One.

On 13 October 1923, Firmin Leclercq, president of the Congolese Volunteers, wrote to Paul Panda Farnana, a veteran and the first ever Congolese graduate from Belgian and French universities, to acknowledge Farnana’s wish to build a monument at the river Congo’s mouth to the unknown Congolese soldiers who died during World War One. Seven years later Farnana died under mysterious circumstances, never realising his ambitious project.

Through his distinctive choreography Faustin Linkeyula will question what remains of the memory of these Congolese and African men who fought thousand miles away from their native land. What acknowledgment has been made of their sacrifice and what’s left apart from the ghost of a monument that was never built?
We asked all the artists in the festival "Return to Sender" to write an open letter. The addressee and contents were left open. Faustin Linyekula sent this audio file.


Künstlerische Leitung: Faustin Linyekula / Mit: Flamme Kapaya (Musiker), Faustin Linyekula / Video: Pathy Tshindele (Assistenz Okele Baya)


  • Past
    Sat 14.3.2015, 20:30 / HAU2
    Sun 15.3.2015, 19:00 / HAU2


Production: Studios Kabako/Virginie Dupray. Coproduction: Theaterformen Braunschweig-Hannover, LIFT  London, 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions.


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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