Faustin Linyekula is a dancer, choreographer, director, and storyteller as he defines himself. He lives in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the founder of the Studios
Faustin Linyekula is a dancer, choreographer, director, and storyteller as he defines himself. He lives in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the founder of the Studios Kabako (2001), a space dedicated to dance, visual theatre, music, and film, providing training programs, supporting research and creation, and fostering Congolese artists to tell their own stories.
Mixing movements, texts, videos, and music-sound is central to his practice. Linyekula’s work, eminently political, defies all classification. Infusing poetry into daily life, it tells stories about Congo and how the troubled History of his country has dramatically affected individual journeys.
In Kisangani, Studios Kabako is also working with communities of the Lubanga district around environmental and sustainability issues as well as education. Or how to speak to a city from its most fragile part?
In 2007, he received the Principal Award of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. In 2014, he also received the First Prize of the CurryStone Foundation for the work developed with young artists and communities in Kisangani.
In 2016, he was an associate artist to the city of Lisbon and in 2019 at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. In 2017, he was awarded the first Soros Arts Fellowship, and in 2019 the Tällberg / Eliasson Global Leadership Prize.
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Faustin will be introduced by The University of New Mexico student of Dance Allyssa Trujillo.
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(Thursday) 6:00 pm