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PORTUGUESE PREMIERE
Jeannot Kumbonyeki [CG]
Le Kombi
PERFORMANCE CANCELED. IN THE TRIPLE SESSION WITH MUTE MAKER, BY FLORA DÉTRAZ AND INFINI # 5, BY RIMAH JABR & DECORATELIER JOZEF WOUTERS THE PERFORMANCE LE KOMBI WILL BE REPLACED BY JEANNOT KUMBONYEKI'S VIDEO PROJECTION.

We're very sad to inform you that, due to insurmountable visa problems, the performance of Le Kombi by Congolese choreographer Jeannot Kumbonyeki, planned for May 31 and June 1 in São Luiz Teatro Municipal, will not take place.
Over the years, the Alkantara Festival, explicitly aiming to present artists from outside the occidental safe zone, has dealt with many visa questions. Things have been tight some times, but we always managed in the end to get artists into the country and onto their stage. This time, we didn't manage.

We've been trying, in collaboration with Studios Kabako (Faustin Linyekula's production house) to get a visa appointment for Jeannot since mid March. In vain.

The Congolese authorities closed the Maison Schengen in Kinshasa this January, amidst an escalating diplomatic conflict between the DRC and European countries. This consular post processes all visa applications for Congolese citizens traveling to Schengen Countries. As of now, it has yet to reopen. Concretely this means that it has become virtually impossible for Congolese citizens to enter the Schengen space.

In spite of our efforts, and in contact with the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has proved impossible to steer Jeannot around this situation. The EU makes clear that it will not make any exception, in order to keep the pressure on Kinshasa.

This story contains many tragedies. 

The tragedy of a people which has suffered tens of years of conflict and wars, just because they happen to live on top of some of richest natural resources of the planet. Which is now taken hostage in a bras de ferre between Kinshasa and Brussels. 

The tragedy of a very talented artist, blocked from showing his work internationally. 
And that of a Lisbon audience, deprived of the possibility to see a young man dance, in a unique and very eloquent way, the horror and injustice his compatriots are living.

Alkantara has opted not to replace Jeannot Kumbonyeki's performance. Instead we will use the time available, ias part of the triple-bill with Flora Détraz and Jozef Wouters, to show a video testimony by Jeannot Kumbonyeki and have an update on the situation in Congo. We do hope you will gather around this empty chair with us and hear what there is to say about the unimaginable despair of a nation.

Alkantara Direction

For further information please contact São Luiz box office
bilheteira@teatrosaoluiz.pt
213 257 650/1


May 31 – June 1


Thu, Fri → 21h

Venue
São Luiz Teatro Municipal
Sala Bernardo Sassetti

Running time
25 min

Price
5€–15€

Age guidance
12+

Info
Triple-bill


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Bio&nsbp;
Jeannot Kumbonyeki trained at Studios Kabako in Kisangani (North East DR Congo), where he founded the Keep Quiet street dance group in 2010. One year later, he was selected in a national Telecom contest and won the first place for Best Dancer. Since then, Kumbonyeki has been living in Kinshasa. He is one of three dancers in Kinshasa Electric, a piece by Brussels-based choreographer Ula Sickle. He is also part of the Redefining... home-work project, a mobile lab run by South African choreographer Boyzie Cekwana and Faustin Linyekula. Jeannot performs in two of Faustin Linyekula's projects: more more more... future (2016-17) and Sur les traces de Dinozord (2017). Le Kombi, his first solo, produced by Studios Kabako (2015), has been performed in Africa (Maputo, Cape Town, Ouagadougou, Kinshasa) and in Europe (Zurich, Paris, Vitry-Sur-Seine).
Credits&nsbp;
Created and performed by Jeannot Kumbonyeki
External eye Faustin Linyekula
Light design Jean-Pierre Legout
Production Studios Kabako/ Virginie Dupray
Coproduction Institut Français/ Danse l'Afrique danse
Support Total Foundation
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