Faustin Linyekula

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Faustin Linyekula

Dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula was born in Ubundu, Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo. He lives and works in Kisangani, North-East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After studying literature and drama in Kisangani, he moved to Nairobi in 1993 and in 1997 set up with Opiyo Okach the Gàara company, Kenya’s first contemporary dance company. Back in Congo in June 2001, he created in Kinshasa the Studios Kabako, a space dedicated to dance and visual theatre, providing training programmes, as well as supporting research and creation. 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 regularly teaches in Africa, Europe and in the United States. He has created eleven pieces with the Studios Kabako. Among its most recent creations, „more more more … future” (2009), „Pour en finir avec Bérénice” (2010) and „Le Cargo”(2011).

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