DCSIMG Cova da Moura – Le Cargo ARTIST OF THE CITY 2016

Cova da Moura – Le Cargo

Maria Matos Teatro Municipal and Moinho da Juventude Programme
24 january — 4pm Polidesportivo Cova da Moura
More presentations in several of Greater Lisbon multicultural neighbourhoods – to be announced

© Agathe Poupeney
© Agathe Poupeney

When preparing the 2016 Artista na Cidade programme, the choreographer Faustin Linyekula visited the neighbourhood of Cova da Moura, the largest and most heterogeneous migrant population centre in Greater Lisbon, and then expressed the desire to dance there. It is within this context, full of memories of rural exoduses and colonial and post-colonial experiences, that his work finds a social resonance impossible to find on any other stage in the city. Linyekula has spent the last decades telling stories: stories of the Congo, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, of Zaire, of the Belgian Congo. Throughout history his country has been labelled all these names. In them, bodies have been marked by History and lives have been marked by violence. How can you not let the body speak of History, leaving the words behind, even if just for a moment? In this journey towards himself, Linyekula boards a train that has ceased to exist, whose tracks have been swallowed up by the forest. Seeking what has disappeared, dancing what was banned by the new era, by the God of Miracles. Finding the master drummer who has given up rhythm and become a pastor.

choreography and performance: Faustin Linyekula; music: Flamme Kapaya, Obilo drummers; production: Studios Kabako/Virginie Dupray; coproduction: Centre national de la danse, supported by DRAC Île-de-France
A Create to Connect presentation with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.


Train:  Sintra Line | Trainstation: Santa Cruz Damaia
Bus: 754, 764 | Stop Buraca