Tag: Institute of African Studies

  • 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 case studies; to introduce projects and artists with whom the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium has partnered; and to promote and build understanding and connections between artists, organizations and public communities in the United States and on the African continent. Faustin Linyekula is a Congolese dancer and choreographer of contemporary dance. His works are structured along the lines of the dance form Ndombolo and its associated music and address “the legacy of war, terror, fear and the collapse of the economy for himself, his family and his friends.” Linyekula has been part of a think tank with other African artists and …