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Faustin Linyekula
HISTOIRE(S) DU THÉÂTRE II
Theatre
Language: Lingala and French with German and English surtitles
Duration: 110 min
Dates
22. May
Friday
Time: 8.30pm
 
23. May
Saturday
Time: 8.30pm
 
© Agathe Poupeney
© Agathe Poupeney
© Agathe Poupeney
© Agathe Poupeney
  • Q & A

    23 May, following the performance

Art is not just art, but also and always power. Or the lack of it. The piece Histoire(s) du Théâtre II by Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula could not be performed at the 2019 Wiener Festwochen due to visa complications. There is a correlation between its performance history and its content. The series Histoire(s) du Théâtre initiated by NTGent artistic director Milo Rau examines the production conditions, imagery policies and utopian moments of theatre as an art form. For the second part of the series the internationally acclaimed choreographer Linyekula looks at the National Ballet of Zaire (present-day Democratic Republic of Congo) founded in 1974 by dictator Mobutu Sese Seko; he does so through the prism of documentary theatre. Three former ensemble members explore the history of the institution moulded on the European canon. They talk about their time with the ballet, trying to re-appropriate and alter the dance itself. History is never just about the past, but always about the present, too. How are national identities constructed? Are there genuine, self-contained practices? Can power structures be overwritten with freedom?

  • Artistic Team

    Direction Faustin Linyekula Direction Assistance Papy Maurice Mbwiti With Wawina Lifeteke, Papy Maurice Mbwiti, Ikondongo Mukoko, Marie-Jeanne Ndjoku Masula, Oscar Van Rompay Production Management Virginie Dupray, Greet Prové Outside Eye Stefan Bläske Stage Management Oliver Houttekiet Sound Technician Frederik Vanslembrouck Light Technician Geert de Rodder Stage Technician Ramon Blancquaert

  • Production

    Production NTGent, Studios Kabako In collaboration with Isaano Arts Festival/Positive Production (Kigali), Compagnie Théâtre National Congolais (Kinshasa) With the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government

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