Histoire(s) du Théâtre II - 2021 - FARaway festival des arts à Reims

Histoire(s) du Théâtre II

Dance / Music

Faustin Linyekula

Presented by Le Manège

With Histoire (s) du théâtre II, Faustin Linyekula continues the exploration of theatre begun by Milo Rau. The Congolese director and choreographer takes inspiration from his childhood and memories of the first performance of the Zaire National Ballet, founded in 1974 under the Mobutu regime, which served as a formidable tool in the creation of a Zairean identity. Faustin Linyekula was able to locate three performers who danced with the Ballet between 1974 and 1975 and are still members today. These performers act as both a memory and legacy of an ambiguous cultural policy. On the stage, they evoke their dance careers and perform the role they initially held alongside actor Papy Maurice Mbwiti, who serves as the link between past and present. By reactivating the epic of the National Ballet, Faustin Linyekula examines the birth of a nation, but also what can remain of both individual and collective memory.