Faustin Linyekula

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Born in 1974, Faustin Linyekula is a Congolese dancer, choreographer and director. His work addresses the consequences of colonialism and imperialism, of war, terror and the economic collapse of his homeland. Afters studying literature and drama in Kisangani, Faustin Linyekula co-founded the first Kenyan contemporary dance company. In 2001, he returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country torn apart by a welter of bloody conflicts, and established Studios Kabako in Kinshasa as a place for production and research in the areas of performing arts, music and film. Since 2006, the company has been domiciled in Kisangani. Studios Kabako moreover supports and mentors young Congolese artists with training courses, workshops, productions and guest performances as well as young people in general through community activities in the fields of cultural, education and drinking water provision. With Studios Kabako, Linyekula has developed both numerous productions, which have toured the world and won several awards, and a series of works for museums. In 2007, he was the recipient of the principal award of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. Faustin Linyekula’s commitment on behalf of Kisanganiand Lubunga was honoured with the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize of the Curry Stone Foundation. Since September 2018, he has been artiste associé of Manège de Reims. In 2019, together with William Kentridge, he was associated artist at the Holland Festival. His latest productions were not another diva…., a collaboration with South African artist Hlengiwe Lushaba, and congobased on a text by Eric Vuillard. More, more, more … future was shown by Wiener Festwochen in 2010.

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