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Un Fou noir au pays des Blancs

Tuesday 20 March 2012 18:30-20:00

Institut français d’Ecosse

13 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TT

Wallonia-Brussels International and the Institut français d’Ecosse are delighted to welcome Congolese storyteller Pie Tshibanda for the first time in the UK for a unique performance of his popular show ‘Un Fou noir au pays des Blancs’.

In ‘Un Fou noir au pays des Blancs’, Pie Tshibanda tells his own story, one of an African man arriving from Congo in Belgium claiming political asylum. Embarrassing witness and threatened with death in his own country, Tshibanda must flee to Brussels where he arrives in the cold winter of 1995. From the first moment when he is searched by security, he understands a few things: he is alone, he is black, and he has just lost his respectability. That’s where his journey through administrations to get his status of political refugee starts.

This endless personal journey will turn into a real initiation not only for the main character but also for the wider western community where he will gradually manage to settle.

Through storytelling and always with great humour and ingenuousness, Pie shares with his audience his experience of a stranger discovering a new country and a new way of life. The cultural shock is tough and his storytelling forgets no details, from the unsympathetic administration employees to the first contacts with his new neighbours and the first encounters with racist prejudices…

‘Un Fou noir au pays des Blancs’ is adapted from Tshibanda’s book of the same name published by the Editions Pré aux sources in 1999. The text is studied at Edinburgh University in fourth year Francophone Literature course.

‘Pie was brave enough to come to us. Today, people are rushing to see him, moved by this unexpected sun. ‘
Le Soir (Belgium)

‘It is often funny, sharp, very enlightening: we learn, how surprising, that we occidental people are not very good in terms of hospitality and still need some perfecting classes.’
Le canard enchainé (France)

Show in French (Advanced level - minimum B1)
Members : £5 / Non members: £8

Advanced booking recommended.
Box office: 0131 225 5366

Clip from the show : Pie introduces himself to his new Belgian neighbours... (1min 28s)

On Pie Tshibanda

Pie Tshibanda is a writer and storyteller but also a psychotherapist and professor of Humanities. Born in Congo in 1951, he came to Brussels in 1995, where he started to tell his story in schools. He started to perform on stage in 1999 after his book was published. But that’s only in 2001 that he became highly popular and started touring all over the world. In 2006, he celebrated his 1000th performance. When he is not on stage, Tshibanda is involved in many projects supporting education in Belgium and in Congo.

Photo: Pie Tshibanda © Véronique Vercheval

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