South Africa in Germany
15. August 2012
Brett Bailey: Exhibit B - A theatrical encounter with living ‘exhibits’ German premiere, 29.9. - 3.10.2012, Kleiner Wasserspeicher
Ethnographic exhibitions were popular attractions for fairgrounds in the western world from the mid-19th century onwards. Eager European and American spectators flocked in masses to these ‘human zoos’ where non-westerners were put on display in mock native villages. In Exhibit B, South African theatre director Brett Bailey, whose company Third World Bunfight has constantly focussed on South Africa’s post-colonial present and the relationship between Africa and the western world, evokes this form of human exhibition and aligns it with contemporary experiences of exclusion. Namibian performers and African immigrants living in Berlin are subject to the gaze of spectators in a walk-through installation. The props and setting reflect European colonial history in Namibia and in the Congo states as well as contemporary migration and deportation.
The works of the Exhibit series deal with the colonial history of different European countries and began with Exhibit A, produced by Wiener Festwochen (Vienna) and the Festival Theaterformen (Braunschweig).
Funded by Goethe-Institut and Institut français
With thanks to Förderband Kulturinitiative Berlin, UK Arts International and KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
Director and designer Brett Bailey [Cape Town]
Mbacké Abdourakhmane, Katjivena Aicha, Lesley Melvin Du Pont, Ngglo Effesin, Akwaltlambeng Ekobe Emmanuel, Guy Geraldine, Paixo Milton, Chris Nekongo, Nso Collivan Nsorockebe, Avril Nuuyoma, Segunda Silvya, N’Sondi Kovo Steve, Marcellinus Swartbooi, Domingo Valentin, Inhalambi Margaritha Mvilela de Sousa Vilela, Leila Wathera
Casting Anna de Carlo
Third World Bunfight manager and producer Barbara Mathers
Technical realization / design Raphaël Noël
Lenght approx. 45 min (no seats) / access in groups / warm clothes recommended
Premiere: 29.9.2012, 17:00
Sa 29.09. - 3.10.2012, jeweils 17:45, 19:15 und 20:00
30 September / 02 October 2012, following the last performance
Stages of Colonialism / Stages of discomfort
03 October 2012, 11:00-16:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele
South Africa has the
most official languages
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