Histoire(s) du théâtre II - Faustin Linyekula
1974. Zaire. In the boxing match of the century, Muhammad Ali takes on George Foreman. Mobutu Sese Seko founds the Zaire National Ballet. After their independence, African countries look for their own identity. What could have become a formidable laboratory, is soon abused as a propaganda tool and becomes a source of fierce political rivalry on the continent.
At NTGent’s request, the world-famous Congolese choreo grapher and director Faustin Linyekula creates a performance in which he reflects on key moments in the history of theatre. Together with Maman Wawina, Maman Ndjoku and with Papa Ikondongo, three members of the National Ballet since 1974, and actors Papy Maurice Mbwiti and Oscar Van Rompay, he investigates what the young Congolese nation could have become.
The performance is part of a series which was kicked off by Milo Rau with the acclaimed performance La Reprise. The premiere was already planned last season, but had to be postponed due to visa problems.
‘Breathtaking political art’ (Los Angeles Times), ‘A favourite of the international festivals’ (New York Times), ‘Probably the most important artist on the African continent who is active today’ (Frieze magazine).