In 2014, Akademie Schloss Solitude organizes a special program for African artists from the field of performing arts, supported by the new program of the Federal Cultural Foundation »TURN – Fund for Artistic Cooperation between Germany and African Countries«. This initiative is not meant to be a one-time opportunity but aims at permanently improving the network between African artists and the German dance scene to strengthen the role of performers from the African continent in the international cultural scene.
The manifold theater and dance landscape of the African continent plays an important role for the social discourses which are currently taking place in African cities and metropolises. More than ever they need to be internationally connected to engage in a lasting and equal exchange with artists and cultural actors from Europe.
For this purpose Akademie Schloss Solitude initiated cooperations with diverse festivals in Germany to give the selected fellows the possibility to participate as guests or spectators. The following festivals are now official partners of »Africa in Solitude«: Theater der Welt in Mannheim, Ostcamp Project in Darmstadt and International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt and Ruhrtriennale in Essen. Within the framework of the program listed below, which was arranged together with the festival partners, the participants will visit workshops, seminars and events and also perform.
From August 2 to August 12, 2014 the fellows are guests and also perform at Osthang Project Darmstadt and the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt. Within the frame of the OPEN-SPACE-program they created a program for a whole day on August 10, 2014 with a reading and performances to show current projects – also in cooperation with other fellows from Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Coordination: Clara Herrmann
Desiré Davids, Dorine Mokha & Nicolas Mondon
TRIO Sans Titre/TRIO Without Title
(performance – work in progress)
Duration: 25 minutes
Pianist: Nicolas Mondon (France)
Dancers: Desiré Davids & Dorine Mokha
This performance is a work in progress that started out of curiosity. It embraces a meeting between bodies, between spaces, between notes. Connections and images are created, proposed, explored, left…
Marwen Mohamed Abouda
Témoin… de plus
Duration: 15 minutes
A performance installation, a scenic experience, the »delusion of a memory«, transformed into images, sounds and movements…
Papy Maurice Mbwiti-a-bwanga
Ici on vote (Here we are voting)
Duration: 20 minutes
Ici on vote is a reading of a letter written by writer Papy Maurice Mbwiti-a-bwanga, which was send to his fellow writer`s collective moziki litteraire after six months out of his country, just after the hugely contested election in 2011 of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Hector Thami Manekehla
How not to and how to dance in a Club – A Lesson
Duration: 45 minutes
With his performance dancer Hector Thami Manekehla will give the participants a lesson and explain: how not to and how to dance in a club.