University of the Arts School of Dance presents:
Knowing Dance More: Faustin Linyekula
"The Broken Circle"
A lecture-performance on beauty and revolutions. Or enter the room at your own risk.
Oct 14 2015
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Caplan Recital Hall
*A link to the video on Studios Kabako, which Faustin shared during his lecture:
Linyekula lives and works in Kisangani, North-East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, formerly Belgian Congo, formerly the independent state of Congo. After studying literature and drama in Kisangani, he moved to Nairobi in 1993 and in 1997 set up the Gàara company, Kenya’s first contemporary dance company. Back in Congo in Kinshasa in June 2001, he created the Studios Kabako, a space dedicated to dance and visual theater and providing training programs, as well as supporting research and creation. In 2007, the Studios Kabako moved to Kisangani, North East of the country and opened up to new artistic fields, including music, film and video.
Memory, forgetting and the suppression of memory—in his works, Faustin addresses the legacy of decades of war, terror, fear and the collapse of the economy for himself, his family and his friends. Faustin has created 14 pieces with the Studios Kabako. Among its most recent creations, “more more more… future” (2009) has been extensively touring in Europe, the United States and Africa; “Pour en finir avec Bérénice” (2010), Faustin’s own private version of Jean Racine’s piece previously staged for the Comédie Française in Paris in spring 2009; “Le Cargo,” his first solo (2011); and “Drums and Digging” (2013). Recent collaborations include a duet with Raimund Hoghe (“Sans-titre,” 2009) and a 25 dancers’ piece for the Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy, “La Création du monde 1923-2012.”
Faustin teaches in Africa, Europe (Impulstanz, Vienna; PARTS, Brussels; CNDC Angers) and in the United States (University of Florida, Gainesville; University of Arizona, Tempe; Dartmouth College). In 2007, he received the Principal Award from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development and is associate artist to the KVS Theater in Brussels. In 2014, Faustin Linyekula and the Studios Kabako were awarded first prize from the CurryStone Foundation for the work developed in Kisangani.
Linyekula is an artist-in-residence with Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, a project of the Painted Bride Art Center, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.