This week at REDCAT, Faustin Linyekula and Studios Kabako will perform SUR LES TRACES DE DINOZORD, a tale of Congolese history and childhood dreams told through movement, text, and the voice of opera singer Serge Kakudji.
Linyekula will be joined by dancers Vumi, Papy Ebotani, and Djodjo Kazadi, and actors Maurice Papy Mbwiti and Antoine Vumilia Muhindo.
“Faustin is one of the most powerful, death-defyingly deft, and determined artists on the planet. He was born in eastern Congo near a city now called Kisangani, a quiet place straddling the Congo River, a city where thousands of people were massacred in the early years of the 21st century. Faustin and his group of young, artistic collaborators, who had set out to reimagine and remake art in Africa, became refugees in that conflict….
“I first met Faustin as an emerging artist fifteen years ago and I commissioned him to make a work to commemorate the 250th birthday of Mozart in the city of Vienna. [He] responded with a clear-eyed, shattering, and ennobling work which repurposed and reimagined the Mozart Requiem to describe the killings in Kisangani and their aftermath, and to trace the fates of his dispersed colleagues. The Viennese were stunned. This is the major work that [he] now brings to REDCAT….
“Faustin’s unmistakably wild and bold work—he has never had anything to lose—has commanded audiences in the major capitals of the world…. The struggle continues, and in Faustin’s fearless hands, also the transcendence.” — Peter Sellars*
FAUSTIN LINYEKULA—SUR LES TRACES DE DINOZORD, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 28, 29, and 30. All performances at 8:30 pm.
REDCAT, WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.
Top: Faustin Linyekula.
Bottom: Sur les traces de Dinozord. Image credit: Faustin Linyekula, Studios Kabako, Alkantara Festival, and KVS Theatre, Brussels.