Breaking Performance + The End of the Western + Desist III
Whites and blacks
In 2005 Monika Gintersdorfer and Knut Klassen stepped ashore in Ivory Coast. It was the start of a series of artistic transfers between the West African metropolis Abidjan and the European art and theatre scene. However, the work of this German artist duo differs radically from that of many other theatre-makers who go to Africa. Gintersdorfer/Klassen is definitely not looking for a mutually inspiring intercultural exchange. Rather, they emphasise the differences between whites and blacks and, moreover, these contradictions are the driving force behind their idiosyncratic performances. With their performers they form a close group of dancing, clubbing, drinking, rapping and DJ-ing artists – who are often superstars in their own country. Together they create theatre to the irresistible rhythm of the heartbeat of the Abidjan club and performance scene.
At Spoken World 10 the company made its first appearance at Kaaitheater with Othello, c'est qui? Now they will be taking over the Kaaistudio’s for a whole weekend. Every night there will be an all-round happening with at least two performances, a ‘lifestyle show’, music and partying!
‘In our work we speak of Blacks and Whites, highly incorrect and imprecise, but therefore often close to the way of thinking that defines a reality that is incorrect and imprecise. We think in two systems and make performances that are loved and hated by European and African audiences with a thousand misunderstandings.’ – Monika Gintersdorfer (ZEIT)
Fr 9/11 - 19:00
The End of the WesternSometimes politicians imagine themselves to be cowboys. A group of black dancers and white performers take a close look at the recent history of the Ivory Coast. For months on end two presidents claimed to be the only official leader. What resolved this 'western', which is how Laurent Gbagbo described his battle with his arch rival Ouattara?
To desist means stop, cease, reject. In this dance performance, Ivorian and German dance performers and musicians create new life stories for each other only to reject them again. Desist III is a radical formal experiment in which language is instantly transformed into dance.
Sa 10/11 - 19:00 (+ party!)
The International Criminal Court
The International Criminal Court in The Hague was founded in 2002. Thirteen of the cases that have been brought before the court since then have involved African countries. In these proceedings, the sound in the public gallery can be switched off at any time. What you then see are rituals, but you have to guess what is being said. In their performances, Gintersdorf/Klassen alternate speech and dance (in silence). An incisive piece on the tension between ideal and practice.
La Jet Set
‘People do not love others, they love the other’s money.’ Président Douk Saga, Lino Versace, Boro Sangui, Le Molare are all superstars of the Ivorian music and dance scene – in the immigrant community in Paris they are known as the Jet Set. They combine the glamour of stardom with poor living conditions in social housing blocks. In the nightclubs of the city of light they have launched a new trend: Couper Decaler. DJs sing stories about a jet-set world in which immigrants rise to become a banker, an ambassador or even president. This artistic movement became a success all over West Africa. La Jet Set is a subversive idea, an exuberant mix of politics and entertainment.
Gintersdorfer, Klaβen & gang are rounding off two days of intense theatre with an equally intense party on Saturday 10/11, after La Jet Set. Let yourself go!
Breaking Performance, Mali: by Monika Gintersdorfer / Knut Klaßen | with Hauke Heumann, Eric Parfait Francis Taregue alias SKelly |
Desist III: by Monika Gintersdorfer / Knut Klaßen | with Jean-Claude Dagbo alias DJ Meko, Lena Wicke-Aengenheyster, Franck Edmond Yao alias Gadoukou la Star | production Gintersdorfer/Klaßen | co-production FFT Düsseldorf, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, Sophiensaele Berlin | support Berliner Hauptstadtkultur
The International Criminal Court: by Monika Gintersdorfer / Knut Klaßen | with Gotta Depri, Jean Claude Dagbo alias DJ Meko, Ted Gaier, Hauke Heuman, Skelly, Lena Wicke-Aengenhayster, Franck Edmond Yao alias Gadoukou la Star | production Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Theater Bremen | support Doppelpass – Theatre Cooperation Fund (D)
La Jet Set: by Monika Gintersdorfer / Knut Klaßen | with Jean Claude Dagbo alias DJ Meko, Hauke Heumann, Franck Edmond Yao alias Gadoukou la Star | production Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Kampnagel Hamburg, Ringlokschuppen Mühlheim, Sophiensaele Berlin | support den Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Fonds Darstellende Künste (D)
Presented in the context of House on Fire, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union