His Triptyque Sans Titre was the most talked-about performance of the 05_06 season. This year, the contemporary dance visionary returns with an extraordinary dance theater experience: part installation, part party, part community event. In Lies, Linyekula, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, evokes “the ruins of his native land.” Amid a street-fair atmosphere, actors tell stories of daily life and lies of a country misled. Meanwhile, a band plays, audiences eat and drink, dancers create and destroy landscapes of urban detritus, and propaganda fills the air. Linyekula forces mutually exclusives together in an evening jam-packed with beauty…and deception. Come early or late, stay minutes or hours and immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind performance event.
Thursday & Friday performances run a standard performance length. The Festival culminates on Saturday with the full, marathon-length event of approximately 6 hours, which will feature collaborations with a roster of esteemed local artists. All events include a buffet hosted by YBCA in association with local African eateries.
“An ethereal figure with a spirit of steel...the Congolese choreographer is an intellectual and practical force to be reckoned with.” —The Star, South Africa
Festival of Liesis a project of the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, a coaliton of 11 diverse arts institutions, advancing a dynamic exchange of arts and ideas between artists, arts organizations, cultural and other insitutions of Africa and the United States.