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Faustin Linyekula

dance French Premiere


In an electrifying duet with the dancer Moya Michael, Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula retraces the history of a Lengola statue at the Metropolitan Museum in New York: a journey that takes him back to the village of his maternal grandfather, Banataba, on the banks of the River Congo.

Though Faustin Linyekula has always preferred people and their stories to objects, his encounter with a statue from the Lengola tribe in New York led him to seek out its origins more than ten thousand kilometres away. From this introspective journey to Banataba emerged a duet with Moya Michael: an investigation of memory and the power of objects in relation to museum strategies, against the background of the complex history of the Democratic Republic of Congo. How can communities in the Congo reconnect with their past, which has been pillaged and disseminated throughout Europe? What does an object tell us when it is moved into a museum? What does it reveal in the eyes, body and mind of the person looking at it?

Presented in co-realization with la Ville de Marseille – Musées de Marseille. With the support of Onda - Office national de diffusion artistique.

Practical information

2021 Edition

Duration 55'

Where ?
Vieille Charité

2, rue de la Charité, 2e

tel. 04 91 14 58 80

Métro - 2 arrêt Joliette

Tram - 2, 3 arrêt Sadi Carnot

Bus - 42 arrêt La Major

Vélo - station La Major

Parking - Charité Tringance


Rate 10€
Under 12 5€

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Photographies © Hilde De Windt


Création 2017 | Direction artistique Faustin Linyekula Avec Moya Michael, Faustin Linyekula Vidéo, son Faustin Linyekula Production Virginie Dupray

Production Studios Kabako (République démocratique du Congo) Coproduction Metropolitan Live Arts (New York)


Spectacle présenté en coréalisation avec la Ville de Marseille - Musées de Marseille.



Avec le soutien de l'Onda - Office national de diffusion artistique.


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