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Faustin Linyekula/Studios Kabako
We deserve more than the vanishing shadows of delusions
We deserve more than headlines and media compassion
More than the false happiness that blinds our minds
More than assistance, we deserve justice
More than money, we deserve dignity
More than a glorious past, we long for a future
Choreographer and director Faustin Linyekula creates intricate and powerful dance/theater/performance works which reflect on the political, social and cultural history and present day struggles of his home country. Through personal stories, communal activity and beautifully crafted choreography, his works subvert the dominant images of contemporary Congo with their resourcefulness and hope.
With more more more... future he takes inspiration from the driving force of ndombolo; bastard daughter of rumba, traditional rhythms, church fanfares and Sex Machine funk, this Congolese pop delivers unstoppable energy. Here ndombolo expresses not the cheap, thin dreams of money and fame, but the difficulties, dead ends, and mistakes of previous generations. Linyekula's choreography embraces creative destruction and stakes a claim to his own no-future society.
In this raucous and provocative performance three dancers - Papy Ebotani, Dinozord and Linyekula -- twist and rage to the seething poems of Antoine Vumilia Muhindo, a political prisoner in Kinshasa and childhood friend of Linyekula's, set in song by music director Flamme Kapaya, an exceptional guitarist and a major star in the Congo. Driven by the rhythms of Kapaya and his on-stage band -- Patient Mufutala Useni, aka Pasnas; Pepé Malumba Musema, aka Le Coq; Patou Tempète Kayembe; and Rémi Bassinta Nightness -- more more more... future is a fierce celebration of hope in the face of despair. Costumes were created by Lamine Badian Kouyaté / Xuly Bët.
The September - October 2011 tour was produced by MAPP International Productions in partnership with the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium. more more more... future was performed at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), The Kitchen/French Institute Alliance Francaise's Crossing the Line Festival (New York, NY), North Fourth Art Center (Albuquerque, NM), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL).
more more more... future received generous support from The New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust; and Institut Français/Programme Afrique et Caraibe en creation.