Just because one grew up in this system, doesn’t mean that one feels good in it, that one supports it. Or does it? Just because one holds the society in one’s own body, doesn’t mean that one dreams the same dreams. Or does it?
The Afro-German protagonist of Abdruckkörper navigates his body within and away from the predetermined course. For, the direction, the trajectory is marked. German society is a historically constructed architecture. A cultural labyrinth, that produces networks of relationships, wealth, visibility and exclusions. Whiteness is inscribed in the social disposition. The protagonist, the ego, lurches.
Your own body is the tool. It is moved on the orbit, not voluntarily, not always consciously. It follows the course and senses the centrifugal forces, the risk of breaking out. Your own body is the tool. It can be shaped from the inside and from the outside. And society – is it also malleable? With what input?
Abdruckkörper is the theatre debut of film director Yatri Niehaus. This dramatic script was created as part of the Unconventional Signs writing workshop at Ballhaus Naunynstraße during the 2020/21 season. The premiere of this script marks a unique continuity: After Schwarz Tragen (Elizabeth Blonzen, 2013), Mais in Deutschland und anderen Galaxien (Olivia Wenzel, 2015), Jung, giftig und Schwarz (Amina Eisner, Thandi Sebe, 2015), Walking Large (Toks Körner, 2017), Call me Queen (Thandi Sebe, 2017), Aesthetics of Color (Toks Körner, 2019), Courageux! Furchtlos! (Amina Eisner and Atif Mohammed Nor Hussein, 2021) it is the eighth Afro-German drama created and performed at this theatre.
24. Sept. 2022
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