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dance music French Premiere


Johannesburg / Kisangani


Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula and South African performer Hlengiwe Lushaba dreamed of music to warm up the soul. In Not Another Diva…, bodies and songs are set in motion around the figure of the female artist, reflecting on the place of women in the South African society today.

The dancer, choreographer and director Faustin Linyekula always introduces himself as a “storyteller”. The story of Not Another Diva…, written with the South African actress and singer Hlengiwe Lushaba, is a down-to-earth portrait without glitter of another kind of diva. Beyond misery and tragedy, a diva anchored in the present is reborn, free to dream and choose her destiny. On stage, stories, songs, Congolese and South African rhythms come together in a “jam session” with musical and cultural connections, which also makes political observations on post-Apartheid South Africa. We could almost be in the courtyard of the Faustin Linyekula’s Kabako Studios in Kisangani, where anything is possible: playing, dancing, singing, and telling stories (including about things that hurt us) with no fear of being judged.


Co-production Festival de Marseille

Practical information


Duration 95'


Door opening :

June 16th  20:30

June 17th 19:00


Restauration on site - La boîte à Sardines



Full price 24€
Concessions 20€
Under 26 10€

Under 12 5€

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Conception et direction artistique Hlengiwe Lushaba, Faustin Linyekula Avec Hlengiwe Lushaba (voix), Johanna Tshabalala (danse), Franck Moka (machines), Huguette Tolinga (percussions et voix), Pati Basima (basse), Zing Kapaya (guitare), Heru Shabaka-Ra (trompette) Production Virginie Dupray / Studios Kabako

Coproduction Festival de Marseille; Le Manège, scène nationale – reims; Holland Festival (Amsterdam); Kaserne Basel (Bâle); BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles Soutien Pro Helvetia Johannesbourg: The Swiss Arts Council; Agence Suisse pour le Développement et la Coopération (SDC)

Crédit photos Gregor Brändli

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