Introduction

The Nairobi Festival for Performance and Media Arts offered the possibility for an »Urban Exploration«. And the possibility for the creation of the music and dance performance »What is love?«.

»What are my circumstances?«, »What is peace?«, »What is love?«,

Big topics come along with big questions. Answers are many, some of them were found during intercultural and interdisciplinary work in Nairobi.

The videos

Have a look at the videos that have been created in the project.

The project

Urban Explorations

In November 2018 the Tell Me Team realized the collaborative Project „Urban Explorations“ during the NFMPA (Nairobi Festival of Performance and Media Arts). The project is part of the ongoing collaboration between German and Kenyan artists. This years theme of NFPMA festival was „colour of peace“.

The TellMe Team gave lectures, workshops and performances and Kefa Oiro, director of the festival, filmed the events. Together with artists from Nairobi they worked on the relationship between art and the urban space, because all big questions are always connected to the human environment.

One of the biggest slums of Nairobi, Mathare, was the backdrop for short contemporary dance performances. Besides Kenyan dancers the inhabitants of Mathare participated in the performances – the urban space required new movements.
The short films and the live-choreographies were then presented as a dialogue at the Goethe Theater of Nairobi. A big audience witnessed the contrast between the black box situation of a theater and the bubbling urban space.

Coaches

André Jolles, Artistic Director, Choreography (Germany)
Lucia Lehmann, Editor, Photos (Germany)
Kefa Oiro, Festival Director, Filming (Kenya)
Gavin Oswago, Assistance, Photos (Kenya)

Participants

Mercy Kamoni, Dancer (Kenya)
Margeret Achieng, Dancer (Kenya)
Robert Owiti, Dancer (Kenya)
Kamau, Dancer (Kenya)
Vincent Owoko, Dancer (Kenya)
Merica Wasonga, Dancer (Kenya)
Paul Mbugua, Dancer (Kenya)
Ruth Mbugua, Dancer (Kenya)

Gallery

Urban Explorations, Nairobi 2016.

The project

What is Love?

A common creation and performance during NFPMA by the dancers Sara Kwala and Lisa Freudenthal and the genious musician Rapasa Nyatrasa.

„It is in movement , contemporary dance and live african instruments that brought this perfomance to life. In the pictures you see the love and connection of the artists and the audience…. OBSERVE“

Participants

Lisa Freudenthal, Choreographer (Germany)
Sara Kwala, Dancer (Kenya)
Rapasa Nyatrasa, Musician (Kenya)
Outside Eye: André Jolles (Germany)

Gallery

What is love? Rehearsal of the dance and music performance by Sara Kwala, Lisa Freudenthal and Rapasa Nyatrasa. Nairobi 2016.

Partners

ZAMAZAMA – Kenya
NFPMA – Kenya

Sponsors