Posted by: Tina M | 30 September , 2011

More More More . . . Future. I want MORE!

I was offered free tickets to a Congolese Dance performance and signed up before really looking into what it was all about. I’m so happy that I did.

I had the opportunity to attend a performance of Faustin Linyekula/Studios Kabako of their new show “More More More . . . Future” and it was a fantastic mix of dance, music, and political consciousness raising. The Yerba Buena website has the best description of the piece.

What I went in knowing was that it was a portrayal of the struggles in Congo (hence Congolese dance-)

What I didn’t know was that I was going to be consistently moved by the music- the beats and guitar had me moving despite my attempt at remaining poised appropriately in the audience. I also didn’t expect to be moved and lost in the poetic lyrics projected onto a screen in the background. Both French and English subtitles, French the language that was sung. (I didn’t expect my French to come in handy and I only remembered a bit but it made the experience that much more complex) I didn’t expect to be lost in the story that had overarching themes of oppression and revolution. Survival.

I wish I had all the words so I could give them the time and reflection they deserve, as I’m sure they have a lot to teach me.

But if you haven’t thought about the Congo lately. Take a moment.

Thanks for the opportunity to learn, feel, and be inspired.

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