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Recording: 2022-06-11 , ada Studio (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Michael Kaddu

Underneath climate cracks

NAH DRAN extended: Deep Calls | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Production Details / Press Releases

How can we reanimate the dying philosopher of African climate alteration?

Which methods do we allow in a time of environmental code brown? “underneath climate cracks” is a site-specific dance performance, developed by activist and choreographer Michael Kaddu and funded by “Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.” to investigate the relevance of rituals in this changing world and the challenges of climate change in an African perspective.

The performer Michael Kaddu takes the audience on a journey through different states of spirituality, along the axis between right and wrong, good and evil. He questions the notion of control and risk in a combination of his own secret body movement, visual arts, poetry and music to create an interdisciplinary performance.

Michael Gagawala Kaddu is a Ugandan dance Artivist, who uses dance to deal with issues that affect people socially, politically and economically in the community. In his creative ideas and throughout the creative process, curiosity and playfulness are guiding him. As an artist from a traditional diverse background, he deconstructs movements to let the body create and transfer information, secrets and rhythms to build up the body’s own movement vocabulary. He has a strong base in Ugandan traditional dances and urban African dances. Now he has been living and working in Berlin since 2019 with Company Christoph Winkler and performing:group/Theater Strahl.

Sebastian Steinhilber began playing the violin at the age of eight and switched to the viola a short time later. He gained his first orchestral experience in the Junge Sinfonie Reutlingen, the Landesjugendorchester Baden-Württemberg, the Bundesjugendorchester and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. During his bachelor studies with Prof. Roland Glassl at the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main, he completed the Joseph Keilberth Orchestra Academy of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. In 2020 Sebastian Steinhilber completed the Master’s program with Prof. Tatjana Masurenko at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ Leipzig and until recently he was part of the Orchestra Academy of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.


TFB Nr. 1652

Cast & Credits

Concept & Performance: Michael Kaddu
Music: Michael Kaddu & Pirimo Hamza
Viola: Sebastian Steinhilber
Costumes & Props: Catherine Kaddu, Michael Kaddu

NAH DRAN extended: Deep Calls
Curated by Roni Katz and Maya Weinberg.
Dramaturgically accompanied by Roni Katz.
Lights: Robert Prideaux
The ada Studio is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 21 80 05 07

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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