There is a political edge to the work of choreographer Faustin Linyekula, too. Le Cargo, his first solo piece, reflects years of war and all its attendant horrors in his native Congo (formerly Zaire). Linyekula now runs Studios Kabako, a training ground for young Congolese dancers, actors, musicians and video artists. His isn't a dour outlook; that studio work, which has taken him on tours through Africa, Europe and the United States, is at heart the creation of an optimist who sees a future populated by Congolese artists in various disciplines. Le Cargo is about memory, but also about the suppression of memory. Like Turbulence, it was inspired in part by financial collapse and the anxiety that comes with it, although it is a more stripped-down performance than Circo Zero's: just one man, plus music and text, to tell the tale.
SEE IT: Turbulence is at the Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave. 8:30 pm Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 11-14. $20-$25. Le Cargo is at Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway. 6:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 13-15. $20-$25. Visit pica.org/TBA.