Auf meinen Schultern

Auf meinen Schultern

The story isn’t over; the story goes on. My daughter. Happiness and madness go on. My mother is white. Yours a Black woman. I grew up in the western half, you in a cosmopolitan city. Do you think the story is over? Berlin, you are so big, so free, so provincially violent.

Half the city was the cosmos of my childhood; with a roast chicken trip to the other galaxy. Are privileges short-lived? Do they open horizons or blind us? Who owns the whole city? Who is it made for? For you, for us? Black Berliner. I would like you to be spared a few experiences. But how?

Auf meinen Schultern (On my shoulders) is a solo performance by the dancer and choreographer Raphael Hillebrand, his first at Ballhaus Naunynstraße. Based on his experience of growing up in Berlin in the 1980s and 90s, he attempts to give shape to his own lived experience so that the next generation and his own child can connect to it ‒ a danced, break-danced, spoken and performed passing on.

20. März 2022

Ballhaus Naunynstraße

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