Banataba [new work]
This site-specific work, commissioned and performed in The Met’s 16th Century Spanish Courtyard, the Vélez Blanco Patio, takes its starting point from The Met’s collection of art from the Kingdom of Kongo. Shifting political landscapes and the tumultuous history of the DR Congo also serve as muses for this insightful and provocative artist. Faustin Linyekula will be accompanied by South African dancer Moya Michael.
About the Artist
Faustin Linyekula is a choreographer and performer with a "live-wire intensity" (The New York Times). His riveting work often addresses themes of memory, forgetting, and dreams. With his country's history as a catalyst, he considers the impact that decades of war, trauma, and economic uncertainty have on people's lives. Linyekula founded the Studios Kabako in 2001. Based in Kisangani, DR Congo, the company fosters young artists, acts as a laboratory for the development of theater, dance, music, film, and video, engages in local community initiatives, and supports the touring of Linyekula's work worldwide. Linyekula has performed in New York at MoMA and at Crossing the Line Festival in 2011 and 2012.