Faustin Linyekula

I’m known as a dancer, choreographer, but I call myself a storyteller. I tell my stories through writing, theatre, dance, still or moving images. I live and work in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, former Zaire, former Belgian Congo, former Congo Free State, private property of Leopold II, King of Belgians. In 2001, after 8 years traveling and working around the world, I returned to the ruins of my country and founded Studios Kabako in Kinshasa, first as a space for theatre and dance. When six years later we moved to Kisangani, in Eastern DRC, Studios Kabako opened up to music and film. Because freeing ourselves from the colonial gaze to shape our lives in our own terms is the first step towards a future our children can be proud of. And for that no creative energy shall be left out, whatever their art form. Studios Kabako has since been a refuge for young Congolese and African artists, offering long term accompaniment, from training to production and touring. I have toured in theatres, festivals and museums across Europe, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. I was associate artist to the city of Lisbon in 2016, and co-associate artist for Holland Festival in 2019.


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