Tag: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • "Le Cargo," de Faustin Linyekula, Studios Kabako (2011) Centre national de la danse

    Congolese choreographer/director Faustin Linyekula dances solo after profound dialogue with director Peter Sellars

    Tonight, September 18, Linyekula returns to Florence Gould Hall to debut his autobiographical new work, Le Cargo, which tells of his 2011 return to Obilo, the Congolese village where he spent part of his childhood. Co-presented by “Crossing the Line” (the French Institute Alliance Française’s annual fall festival) in association with the Museum for African Art.

  • African dancers Faustin Linyekula and Papy Ebotani in performance

    Randy Gener moderates “Advancing Creativity of Artists” at Columbia University’s 2-day Africa arts symposium

    NEW YORK CITY —  Randy Gener will serve as moderator and facilitator at a two-day symposium, Dialogues Across Culture: A Model for Building Enduring Partnerships, presented by MAPP International Productions and the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium.  The free symposium will take place Friday, October 28 (7pm-9pm) and Saturday, October 29 (11am-4pm) at Columbia University. In the second day of the symposium, Gener will facilitate and moderated a public conversation, entitled “Advancing the Creativity of the Artist,” featuring Faustin Linyekula, artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ralph Lemon, New York City–based artist. Organized in partnership with the Museum for African Art, The Center for African Education at Teachers College and the Institute of African Studies, Dialogues Across Culture aims to reflect on international cultural exchanges between arts groups in the United States and their counterparts in Africa. This symposium kicks off Friday October 28 with informal performances by choreographers Faustin Linyekula from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Maria Helena Pinto from Mozambique. The following day, Saturday, October 29, there will be presentations and discussions with members of the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, MAPP, the Museum of African Art and Columbia University faculty. Dialogues Across Culture: A Model for Building Enduring Partnerships is designed to open up conversations around international cultural exchange; to share lessons learned through …

  • UN and human rights groups commemorate International Day of the Disappeared on August 30

    On this day, August 30, the international community is commemorating the International Day of the Disappeared. This annual day has been created to draw attention to the fate of the missing and disappeared people throughout the world. Many of these individuals were imprisoned or are being held under poor conditions or have gone missing in armed conflicts or other situations of violence. Their fate is unresolved. Sometimes they are civilians who have been abducted and are being detained. At other times, they may have been separated from their families while fleeing the conflicts, or they might be soldiers or civilians who have been killed and their remains improperly disposed of. The day is a reminder that many families are still unaware of the fate of their loved ones missing in conflicts. As a result, international human rights organizations everywhere have expressed their concern or solidarity.  For instance, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) calls on all governments to provide answers to families on the fate and whereabouts of missing persons. Similarly, a group called Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) issued a statement with journalists and media personnel worldwide today. So did the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or …