What is theatre? What do emotions and history signify on the stage? And can you discover truth there? In the series Histoire(s) du Théâtre, directors and choreographers from the most diverse backgrounds address these questions from their own, personal perspectives. In part 1, La Reprise, theatre director Milo Rau focused on the ways in which you can show violence and traumatic experiences on the stage. It is Faustin Linyekula’s turn. Along with dancers – including Papy Mbwiti from the first generation of the National Ballet of Congo – and actor Oscar Van Rompay – who spends part of the year living and working on his plantation in Kenya – he is pursuing this research further and showing his personal perspective on the history of dance and theatre in Africa. To what extent does the past define the present and even the future? Accompanied by music by Ray Lema, he challenges the basic techniques of “real theatre”.
As a dancer, choreographer, and theatre director, Faustin Linyekula treats post-colonialist themes, inspired by the cruel heritage of war, terror, and the collapsing economy in his native country, Congo. Since the nineties, he has toured the world with his productions.
Direction: Faustin Linyekula / Performers: Faustin Linyekula, Oscar Van Rompay, Papy Mbwiti/Papy Ebotani / Dramaturgy: Eva-Maria Bertshy / Music & composition: Ray Lema.
Production: NTGent, with thanks to Mariposa.