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Despair Be Damned: New Music and Dance from the Congo

Violent conflict and unimaginable national hardship can give rise to unexpectedly inspired art, and after decades of civil war, corruption, and economic turmoil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is producing tense and cathartic work with themes that are universal and deeply human. This mini-festival brings two of the Central African country’s most exciting contemporary ensembles to the Twin Cities.

Kicking it all off on Thursday, September 22 is an evening of free activities that include the Midwest preview of the awardwinning National Geographic Cinematic Ventures film Benda Bilili! and a free gallery talk with Faustin Linyekula, setting the stage for his opening in the McGuire Theater the next night.