Jeremy Nedd | Impilo Mapantsula (New York | Basel | Johannesburg)
29.10. 20:30 – 21:30
30.10. 19:00 – 20:00
Münchner Kammerspiele Kammer 2
entrance € 19,00 | reduced € 6,00
Artist talk after the performance on Oct 30th.
No language skills required
During the period of apartheid in South Africa, an energetic dance form, pantsula, emerged in the townships. Very soon, a new sub-culture grew up around the extremely fast and virtuoso step sequences. Their codes are still visible today in the form of clothing, language, music, and a very particular life philosophy. In THE ECSTATIC, Jeremy Nedd and Impilo Mapantsula bring the pantsula together with another dance tradition – the praise break. It comes from the church context of the Pentecostal movement. These church services combine dance movements, voice and sound in an exuberant way. The participants experience true ecstasy. But what happens in the encounter between the two dance styles? In THE ECSTATIC, Jeremy Nedd and Impilo Mapantsula make the “break” the focus. It is understood literally – as an interruption. On stage, time almost seems to stand still, while six dancers explore the moment of ecstatic experience as well as a sense of absorption into a community in a precise study of movement.
Concept | Choreography Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula Performance | Choreography Kgotsofalang Moshe Mavundla, Tommy Tee Motsapi, Bonakele Mambotjie Masethi, Sicelo Malume ka Xaba, Sello Zilo Modiga, Vusi 2.2 Mdoyi Technic and light Thomas Giger Stage Laura Knüsel Music | Composition Xzavier Stone & Modulaw Audiodesign Fabrizio Di Salvo Head of production South Africa Ursula Haas Produktionsleitung Südafrika Daniela Goeller Dramaturg Anta Helena Recke Production assistance Kihako Narisawa, Lucas Del Rio Estevez Outside Eye Deborah Joyce Holman, Maximilian Hanisch
Jeremy Nedd is a Brooklyn born, Basel based choreographer and performer. His work focuses on the processes of dissecting, demystifying and re-contextualizing content in order to confront definitions of validity and contemporaneity. Nedd has choreographed and presented his own productions at spaces such as ROXY Birsfelden, Tanzhaus Zürich, Arsenic, Münchner Kammerspiele and Palais de Tokyo amongst others. Nedd is a 2017 PREMIO Finalist (Nachwuchspreis für Theater und Tanz Schweiz), the 2017 recipient of the Atelier Mondial Stipendium to South Africa. Most recently Nedd completed a Master in Expanded Theater at Hochschule der Künste Bern, and was a part of Performancepreis Schweiz 2018.
Impilo Mapantsula is a global network of high-level professional dance artists who specialize in pantsula, a South African urban dance form. They are a professional organization that promotes the development of pantsula dance and culture, creates formal standards, and acts as an industry representative. The organization aims to document and protect the living legacy of pantsula and support dancers in professionalizing and further developing their art. Impilo Mapantsula creates learning opportunities and supports artistic creation and self- expression through educational, artistic and professional programs, with an emphasis on job creation, international collaborations and exchange programs.
Co-production Kaserne Basel, Arsenic Lausanne, Theater Tuchlaube Aarau Supported by Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Südkulturfonds, Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Jacqueline Spengler-Stiftung, Schweizer Interpretenstiftung, Wilhelm und Ida Hertner-Strasser Stiftung
Realization in cooperation with Münchner Kammerspiele