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Recording: 2015-03-08 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Boyzie Cekwana, Nina Støttrup Larsen

Banana Republics – Here be Dragons

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Production Details / Press Releases

Cekwana and Larsen’s performances and installation transform the auditorium of HAU1. Through staged guided tours, game shows and a talk show, the performers attempt to answer the hypothesised questions of redressing the colonial heritage. OJ Simpson, Oscar Pistorius, the modern judiciary process-by-media… could a global sports icon be substituted by a global colonial power in this “trial-by-media” musical chairs game? Could a distant scream for justice be a worthy replacement for our penchant for instant public gratification? Could a colonial crimes tribunal garner enough TV ratings to warrant a prime (time) entertainment spot? What if the celebrities of the 21st centurywere no longer the talentless beauty queens of Smallville USA, Teutonic tit-willows or fallen sport heroes, but infallible European master nations? What if we were to reject the traditional Western courtroom and replace it with the crucible of reality TV and stage the case for reparations against colonialism and slavery there?

Performing artist and choreographer Boyzie Cekwana lives and works in South Africa. Along with some of his peers, he is part of an artistic noise for developing a voice for contemporary dance practice and scholarship in Africa. For two editions, he was Artistic Director of the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival in Durban, South Africa. He works across disciplines and his work has been shown across various platforms around the world. He is part of the on-going African guerrilla thought-factory, developing and shaping ideas for artistic self-expression in the Southern African region.

Nina Støttrup Larsen is a Danish design researcher / artist based in the Netherlands since 2003. She studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and did a research fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academy. She has spoken at and programmed various events, such as “Design Practice Research” and “Systems Exposed”. Her work consists of printwork, moving images, events, games and installations. Collaborators and commissioners include: Urban Scenographies, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Sonic Acts Festival, GRAPHIC Magazine, De Groene Amsterdammer, Volume Magazine etc. She teaches Design Research at Artez Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem. She is also co-founder of research / artist collective Bitcaves.

Cast & Credits

Artistic director: Boyzie Cekwana
Concept: Boyzie Cekwana & Nina Støttrup Larsen
Installation & design research: Nina Støttrup Larsen
Lighting design: Eric Wurtz
Video: Brian D McKenna
Music: Sebastian Gimm, Time to time – 10 little negrolein (Bongo Mix)
Performance: Elisabeth Bohde, Torsten Schütte, Nina Støttrup Larsen, Boyzie Cekwana
Production: The Floating Outfit Project, Nina Støttrup Larsen
Diffusion & Booking Colette de Turville
Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Theater Werkstatt Pilkentafel (Flensburg), KVS (Brüssel) und Creative Industries Fund NL
“Return to Sender” is funded by the Fonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Stresemannstr. 29
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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