Saturday, Sept 30, 2017
we live in space
2520 W Jefferson Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90018
$15 in advance/ $25 day of class
Presented in conjunction with performances of Sur les traces de Dinozord by Faustin Linyekula/Studios Kabako at REDCAT, Sept 28-30, 2017
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PAPY EBOTANI is a member of Faustin Linyekula/Studios Kabako and has danced in creations of the company since 2001. He lives and works between Kisangani and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). He was a rapper and musician with different groups from Kinshasa, before turning to dance in the company of Jean-Marie Musungayi, Diba dance. He trained and followed workshops with different dancers and choreographers: Céline Bacqué, Toufik Oudhriri Idrissi, Hanna Hedman, Sylvain Prunenec, Pep Ramis, Meg Stuart, Foofwa d’immobilité and Boyzie Cekwana.
Papy has given workshops in Brazil, Brussels, London, Los Angeles and la Réunion ; and teaches regularly in Congo (Kinshasa and Kisangani) and in Rwanda.
Papy has also been invited to make and present work at numerous international residencies and festivals. He has participated in a creative residencies in Douala, Urban Scenographies project; Kinshasa Urban Scenographies; and in Dakar; as well as Potager du Roi /Versailles à Velizy as part of the program “Les Indépendances” residence, and at the Center National de la Danse in France. His solo work work Na Tempo was presented in Kinshasa, Paris (Cartier Foundation), Berlin (festival Tanz im August), Belgium (Yambi festival), Caen (Danse d’ailleurs) and Reunion; and to Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Niteroi, Belo Horizonte, Florianopolis) and London (Dance Umbrella). In 2005, Papy created a duet Ya biso (For us) with Djodjo Kazadi, also dancer of the Kabako Studios, presented in Kinshasa, Berlin, Paris, Bamako, Berne and Mons. Parliament standing (2007), for a dancer and ten locally recruited extras, was presented in Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Brussels, Reunion Island, Salzburg, and Brazil. Engundele (2009),was co-produced by and presented at the Biennale of Charleroi Danse, and the Bamako Dance Biennial Africa Dance. In 2012, he created Jogging Kilometers with Kebaya Moturi, premiered at the Connection Kin festival. For several years, Papy has been developing projects for non-theatrical venues: his latest creation, Fanfare funérailles, took place in streets and districts of Kisangani and Kinshasa (Connexion Kin 2015), as well as Kigali (Rwanda), Bujumbura (Burundi) and Sharjah Biennial (UAE).