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Look Back, Dance Forward: Tales of Home | Congo/Mozambique
Look Back, Dance Forward:
Tales of Home | Congo/Mozambique
A two-evening program with works by Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo)
and Panaibra Gabriel Canda (Mozambique)
Faustin Linyekula has spent over a decade telling stories: of the Congo, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, of Zaire, of the Belgian Congo. In his stories, bodies are marked by history and lives are marked by violence. But how can one let the body speak of history while leaving words behind, if only for an instant? Does one leave behind the companions of the road – be they Kabako, Vumi or Papa Rovinsky-in order to return to the self?
How does one remember the dance, or at least a certain romantic idea of dance, something that occurs in the instant just before words, just before the outcry, just before the story, or in the space thereafter?
In this journey towards himself, Linyekula boards a train that does not exist anymore, whose rails have been swallowed by the forest. He searches for that which ceases to exist, to dance that which has been forbidden by the new age, by the God of Miracles. He finds the master drummer who has given up rhythm to become a pastor.
Linyekula, in his first-ever choreographed solo, intimately tells of his return to home in a search for things lost and the dance, people and music he reclaims in the process.
Original music is composed by Obilo drummers and Bessie Award-winning guitarist Flamme Kapaya, a frequent collaborator of Linyekula’s, who also toured the U.S. as part of more, more, more…future.
Run time: 60 minutes, no intermission.
The starting point of Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos is an evocation of memory – past and present.
“I have been listening to Marrabenta since I was born, as my father was a singer and guitar player of Marrabenta. My memories of this musical universe listening to my father singing and playing, is the starting point…It is a journey that grows out of the life, love and history of Southern Africa.”
Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos deconstructs cultural representations of a “pure” African body. Since snatching independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique has been a land of social and political rifts which have seen an inflexible communist model gradually make way for a fragile democracy. This complex history is carried in the Marrabenta, a musical form born in the 1950s from a mix of local and European influences.
Accompanied by guitarist Jorge Domingos, Panaibra Gabriel Canda dances and speaks about today’s African body: a post-colonial, plural body that has absorbed the ideals of colonialism, nationalism, modernity, socialism and freedom of expression.
Choreographer and dancer: Panaibra Gabriel; Composer and Guitarist Jorge Domingos
Run time: 65 minutes, no intermission
- Tales of Home All Press Clippings 12/2/14
- Tales of Home, Life and Death - contextual essay by Joan Frosch
- Tales of Home Press Kit