French with German subtitles
1.9.2021 20:00 h
2.9.2021 20:00 h
Price VVK + AK 19 € / 12 € (reduced)
Duration: ca. 2 h 05 m
The colonial exploitation of Belgian Congo produced between five and eight million victims. From Leopold II King of Belgium to the assassination of the independence leader Patrice Lumumba – a murder for which Belgium stood trial. Key to understanding Congo today is understanding the history of violence, war and dictatorship that has defined the country’s history until today.
It is a powerful story, full of tragic, spanning almost a century which Congo Jazz Band trace with their Congolese music. The Algerian artist Mohamed Kacimi himself grew up in a country where occupation and colonialization had destroyed the economy and government through annexation. When Hassane Kassi Kouyaté asked him to write a play about the Congo, Kacimi saw it as an opportunity to explore the past, the collective memories of colonialism, which remain ever so present, openly.
Mohamed Kacimi is an author, novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and translator. In his writing he captures complex, sometimes utterly painful issues and questions unabashed human relationships, beliefs and the world’s greatest stories.
DIRECTING & STAGE Hassane Kassi Kouyaté | MUSICAL DIRECTION Dominique Larose | DIGITAL PRODUCTION David Gumbs | LIGHTING DESIGN Cyril Mulon | COSTUMES Anuncia Blas | WITH Alvie Bitemo, Dominique Larose, Miss Nath, Abdon Fortuné Kumbja Kaf, Marcel Mankita, Criss Niangouna | PRODUCTION Les Francophonies - Des écritures à la scène | COPRODUKTION Cie deux temps Trois mouvements,Tropiques Atrium, Le Manège - Scène nationale de Maubeuge | SUPPORTED BY Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon – Centre national des écritures du spectacle, l’OARA, de la spedidam, de la CITF et de l’Opéra de Limoges, Accueil en partenariat avec l’Opéra de Limoges | DEVELOPED as part of Saison Africa2020