ABOUT FAUSTIN LINYEKULA

 

Faustin Linyekula is a dancer and choreographer. He is the founder of Studios Kabako (www.kabako.org), a space for experimental performance practice located in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo). Born in DRC, Linyekula has travelled the world and collaborated with some of its most innovative creators: choreographers Opiyo Okach and Afrah Tenambergen, with whom he created Gàara, Kenya’s first contemporary dance company, Gregory Maqoma (South Africa) and Sylvain Prunenec (France); novelist and essayist Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu (DRC); and playwright and performer Raimund Hoghe (Germany), among many others. He has been invited by institutions across Europe, Africa and the Americas to curate, produce and direct major projects. Recent endeavours have brought him to the Festival d’Avignon, to France’s Centre national de la danse for a carte blanche that gave rise to “Cargo” (2005), a performance platform for ten dance companies from six African countries, and to the Comédie Française and Théâtre de Genevilliers, followed by several venues in DRC, for a radical re-reading of Racine’s “Bérénice”. Linyekula performs and teaches extensively. His work has been singled out for numerous prizes, including the Prince Claus Fund’s most prestigious award (2006).