Production Details / Press Releases
The abridged creation myth of the San religion so goes that Pishiboro was bitten by a puff adder and died. When he died the world was created and his hair became the clouds that would create the life giving source of rain. Pishiboro resurrected himself and created human kind, and upon observing humanity realized they were incomplete. Thus he gave them hair to complete his creation. Through the use of Afrofuturism, drag, sound exploration, visual media and spacial installation, we will explore how we can collectively create a portal to guide us into transformative action by examining the great link of identity, power and opulence: Black People’s Hair.
GodXXX Noirphiles (Adrian Marie Blount)- Parent to Chance Aijuka/ Non Binary Femme Boi/Founder/Organizer/ Curator/DJ- Is based in Berlin by way of San Diego, CA. After attending San Francisco State to obtain their BA in theatre, they performed in New York, traveled across the country with a touring theatre troupe, then moved to Rhode Island to perform with various Brown University programs including the Center for Slavery and Justice, Brown/ Trinity and Trinity Repertory theatre. Since being in Berlin, Adrian has taught anti-racist and collective healing workshops with various organizations such as Dice Festival and Conference and AfriVenir, dj’d internationally, performed at München Kammerspiele, Volksbühne, Gorki, Sophiensaele, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and English Theatre Berlin (and others) and is the founder and lead organizer of the drag collective House of Living Colors for exclusively queer and trans BIPoC.
How far did your work go? Who did it reach? This is an embodied love letter to adrienne maree brown, the author of Emergent Strategies. Dance as an affirmation; Emerging Change is a dance event teaser curated by Makisig Akin and Nara Virgens which delves into the deep core of our fantasies, dreams and vulnerable truths that we embrace as secrets. A silent dream. The event reveals in the limelight the urgency of the curiosity that arises in us when we feel inspired. The choreographers respond with questions; How is dance connected to love, grief and joy. Is the body a home of your emotions? What does our communal body of emotion look like? Emerging Change will be presented at Tanzfabrik in Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany on the 23th of February 2022 as part of Open Spaces including the work of two queer BiPOC Berlin local choreographers as activists, performers and facilitators.
TFB Nr. 1622
Cast & Credits
Concept, costume, set concept & design, sound design: Adrian Blount
Videographer for Femi and Lexi’s hair bios: Alex Hall
Featured artists: Femi Oyewole and Lexi Dark
Animation: Xixi Diana
Inspirations & credits: Solange ‘Don’t Touch My Hair,’ Sun Ra ‘Nuclear War,’ Parliament Funkadelic “Swing Down Sweet Chariot,” drum solo sample by Nat Townsley: Drum Solo-2003 for Drummerworld, Kanye West “Power,” Octavia Butler Parable of the Sower and Kindred, Afrofuturism by Ytasha Womack, Creation Myth from Saan People of South Africa region
Hair Power Tower inspired by Nikola Tesla Wardenclyffe Tower
Emerging Change Co-curators: Nara Virgens, Makisig Akin
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. 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)