Piece; The boards that means the world

Premier 19th of April 2018 at Ballhaus Ost Berlin

Concept, Choreography Christoph Winkler | Choreography, Dance Robert Ssempijja | Scenography Valentina Primavera | Tech Fabian Eichner | Production: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture.

A Christoph Winkler and ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture project. Co-produced by Ballhaus Ost Berlin. Funded by the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe and the Fonds Darstellende Künste

In his poem To the Joy, Friedrich Schiller relates his manageable Weimar world to the great conditions in the world. Based on his lines Let’s see the great things of all times / On the boards that signify the world, Christoph Winkler and Robert Ssempijja question the relationship between African dance and western, contemporary dance in their joint work.

Robert Ssempijja brings symbolically floorboards of the only Dance studio in Kampala for contemporary dance to Berlin. These boards are a symbol of the identity of Uganda’s dance scene. Moving to Berlin also brings with them all the ideas that have been designed on them, placing them in a new context. Who owns THE BOARDS THAT MEAN THE WORLD, what is being played on and whose world is there talked about?

With Friedrich Schiller, the fascination with the unknown of the wide world goes hand in hand with the satisfaction of one’s own situation. A mental constellation that can be transferred to our present situation. We would like to argue for more participation and would correct post-colonial effects, but this would mean that your own situation must change as well. If you look at the western dance, it quickly becomes clear that its aesthetics have a white background of experience. From this develop preferences for certain body concepts that shape our idea of contemporary dance. This creates a cultural dominance that is less noticeable to us but not for young African choreographers like Robert Ssempijja. During the performance, the floorboards from Kampala are reassembled little by little and give the performer the opportunity to tell in dances and stories about the exchange between the two worlds.

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