By now, you will have seen what Voyage Entre Deux (Journey Between Two) means to me. Through its 4th chapter, you can also see what it could mean for Congolese society. Therefore, I am asking you to support the tour of Testament to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Making this happen is extremely important in several ways:
The tour will breathe new life into my latest solo piece against homophobia and allow it to grow and encounter new audiences—especially Congolese audiences—with support from my national and international partner network.
Through discussions and encounters around the performance, the tour will create spaces for dialogue with local artists and publics, and enable the sharing of knowledge and experiences.
It will create safe spaces for listening and speaking out with small groups of young activists (those involved with LGBT+ and human rights) with the aim of developing support, assistance, and exchange strategies.
Through Facebook Live, we will build virtual and ephemeral bridges with the world and explore both traditional and new channels of diffusion, through live streaming and creative filming.
I will borrow from the notion of social distancing—its intention to protect, not only from coronavirus, but also other viruses, such as rape, homophobia, and gender-based violence. Social distancing doesn’t mean emotional distancing, and it has to be used in combination with other daily preventive actions. This project is my way to help stop the spread of all kinds of viruses by using art to make spaces of dialogue for communities, as well as to create emotional and psychological solidarity for those who suffer in silence.
The tour will encompass a total of 12 documented activities (four dance workshops, four talks, and four performances) which will take place in cities in the east of Congo (Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Goma, and Bukavu) during four weeks in January 2021.