Lesley Nicole Braun
E-Mail: lesnbraun [at] gmail.com
The Dancing Past: The role of dance in Mobutu’s Authenticité program in Zaire
The current project examines Mobutu Sese Seko’s authenticité cultural policy called animation politique. In the 1970s, Mobutu, former dictator of Zaire, promoted images of what an “authentic” postcolonial African nation ought to look like through the staging of elaborate dance performance televised on national TV. This project explores memories of the Zairian state through embodied movement practices, and considers the ways in which the authenticité policy shaped people’s relationship to dance.