In Search of Dinozord
(Democratic Republic of Congo)
'SUMMONS PAST FRIENDSHIPS AND POLITICAL STRUGGLES, RECKONING WITH WHAT IS MEANS TO SEEK BEAUTY, TO WRITE OR SING OR DANCE, WHEN SURROUNDED BY VIOLENCE AND LOSS'
The New York Times
Scored with fragments of Mozart’s requiem, guitar riffs from Jimi Hendrix, metronomic taps on a typewriter and live vocals by South African Hlengiwe Lushaba, Linyekula’s piece is a poetic, political fairy tale.
Dancers and actors move through a landscape of ruins as they search for forgotten dreams. With elegant, haunting and highly political energy they delve into the wrenching history of the Congo, recounting legends from their childhoods and mourning the loss of a friend as they attempt to create a myth that truly reflects their lives.
Faustin Linyekula is an artist with a ‘live-wire intensity’ (The New York Times). His riveting work often addresses themes of memory, forgetting, and dreams. With his country’s history as a catalyst, he considers the impact that decades of war, trauma, and economic uncertainty have on people’s lives.