Premiere February 27, 2021, 12.00 pm
Available online until February 28, 2021, 11.59 pm
Q&A with the ensemble February 28, 2021, 7.00 pm
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»Mummy Sahar, it’s so painful that you suddenly stop replying to my chats and you didn’t say anything concerning the things I asked you. It might be, that you’re very busy over there, but you didn’t tell me, which made my feelings down.«
When suddenly theaters closed again in November 2020 and traveling became impossible, Monster Truck, choreographer Segun Adefila and the 7 female performers from the Lagos-based children’s theater group Footprints of David decided to relocate to the ghostspace internet. »Boohoo!« – »Can you hear me?« – »I can’t see you« – »Are you even there?«
But communication is disturbed, the answers do not come. No network or are the ghosts just tired of talking? The term Ghosting refers to a complete break in contact and communication without notice. Despite previous loose dating or a closer relationship, suddenly any contact attempt stops. The performer Sahar Rahimi thus entrenches herself in the theater and compensates the absence of her collaborators with emotional and economic substitute actions, under the very eyes of the digital images of the 7 performers from Lagos. Finally, Anjoola 2 is delivered by parcel service, the three-dimensional equivalent of the smallest girl of the group Anjoola Faniyi, whose desires and fantasies are in the end completely disconnected from the real model and thus controllable.
Ghosting is a solo piece with many. With images shot in Berlin and Lagos, the result is a theater-film about being together and abandoned, about digital bad conscience, teenage conflict avoidance and transcontinental power games.
Monster Truck was founded by students of Applied Theater Studies in Giessen and works with a changing cast in the areas of theater, performance and visual arts. The directing team often cooperates with other groups such as the dance company Footprints of David (Lagos, Nigeria) or the inclusive Theater Company Thikwa from Berlin. Their work has won numerous awards, tours internationally, and has been presented at renowned festivals. Central to Monster Truck’s pieces is the exploration of the representation of power and powerlessness; of images, spaces, and structures that shape the social unconscious as much as the supposed consciousness. In doing so, Monster Truck pursues strategies that are oriented towards visual art: The juxtaposition of motifs, discourses and systems that produce an unexpected third in a play with clichés, attributions and their deconstruction. The pleasure of the spectacle and its critical questioning are always in balance.
Segun Adefila lives and works as a choreographer, director and performer in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied Creative Arts at the University of Lagos and in 1996 founded the Crown Troupe of Africa, a dance and theater company in Bariga, Lagos State, of which he is the artistic director. He works in dance, theater, music and visual arts, and in addition to Nigeria, has shown his work in the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, and Germany, and is the main character in the award-winning documentary film »Bariga Boy« by Femi Odugbemi.
Footprints of David is the children’s branch of Segun Adefila’s Crown Troupe. It was founded in 2005 by Oluwaseun Awobajo with the goal of changing the way people view children from the ghettos. Awobajo started with four children from the neighborhood, and today more than 40 regularly attend the training he leads. About 20 of them also live in the project. The group, which has won several awards, performs in Nigeria at dance and theater festivals as well as at official events, and also repeatedly participates in performances by the Crown Troupe. In 2017, Footprints of David founded Seaside Cottage Theater, an arts center for theater and other arts in Bariga, Lagos.
Duration: 35 minutes.
with Ololade Adebayo, Eniola Balogun, Anjoola Faniyi, Olabisi John, Boluwatito Ogundare, Esther Ogungbamila, Mariam Olawale, Sahar Rahimi, Victoria Umoru Direction, concept Sahar Rahimi, Segun Adefila Dramaturgy Manuel Gerst Artistic collaboration Oluwaseun Awobajo, Golnaz Farmani Sound Niki Neecke Video Berlin Joscha Eckert Video Lagos Jere Ikongio Editing Joscha Eckert Construction figure Veit Kowald, Benedikt Gahl Technical support Anoush Azizi Production management ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
A production of Monster Truck and Footprints of David in co-production with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Fonds Darstellende Künste.