Okwui Okpokwasili | Peter Born (New York City)
entrance € 18,00 | reduced € 9,00
Haus der Kunst | Westflügel
01.11. 20:00 – 21:30
02.11. 20:00 – 21:30
Artist talk after the performance on 2.11., moderated by Andrea Lissoni (in English)
Work in progress
BRONX GOTHIC is located at the intersection of theatre, dance and visual art installation and gives palpable force to the charged relationship between two girls who grew up in the Bronx in the 80s. The director and performer Okwui Okpokwasili developed BRONX GOTHIC in collaboration with designer Peter Born. BRONX GOTHIC creates a fictional wold, around a young girl’s coming of age, with storytelling influenced by epistolary novels and contemporary griots. Now, performer Wanjiru Kamuyu embodies the piece with a new energy. Through a combination of movement, songs and written correspondence, BRONX GOTHIC deals with the universal experience of a body in transformation. How do any of us contend with the multiple conditions that are always present in one body? In language that is by turns blunt and poetic, crudely funny and incantatory, BRONX GOTHIC conjures and probes this adolescent friendship, a jumble of insults, anger and love.
Text | Songs | Movement Okwui Okpokwasili Performance Wanjiru Kamuyu Direction | Design | Sound Peter Born
Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn based performing artist working at the intersection of theater, dance and installation. In partnership with collaborator Peter Born, Okwui Okpokwasili creates multidisciplinary projects. They include "Bessie" Award winning PENT-UP: A REVENGE DANCE, "Bessie" Award winning BRONX GOTHIC, POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM, WHEN I RETURN WHO WILL RECEIVE ME ADAKU’S REVOLT ect. In the last few years, Okwui Okpokwasili has been working on SITTING ON A MAN’S HEAD a collaborative, improvisational sonic praxis with multiple artists inspired by the precolonial embodied protest practices of Southeastern Nigerian women. As a performer, Okwui Okpokwasili frequently collaborates with award- winning director Ralph Lemon, including HOW CAN YOU STAY IN THE HOUSE ALL DAY AND NOT GO ANYWHERE?, COME HOME CHARLEY PATTON, SCAFFOLD ROOM and more.
Wanjiru Kamuyu is based in Paris, France, her career began with its genesis in New York City. As a performer she has worked with a variety of esteemed choreographers in the US and Europe. Alongside Wanjiru Kamuyu has performed in industrials, television and Broadway musicals – THE LION KING and FELA! In 2009, she founded the dance company, WKcollective, an associate company with creative production agency camin aktion. Her choreographic projects tour in the US, Africa and Europe. Commissions include collaborating with the directors Jérôme Savary, Jean-François Auguste, Hassan Kassi Kouyate; dance company Inkboat (USA); US esteemed dance departments; artistic consulting for choreographers Bintou Dembele, Nathan Trice and storyteller Nathalie La Boucher; and community engagement projects with a current focus on immigration. Wanjiru Kamuyu also offers a variety of master classes and workshops. She currently is core faculty for University of South Florida’s DANCE IN PARIS semester program.
Peter Born works as a director, composer and designer of performance and installation work, most recently in collaboration with Okwui Okpokwasili on their installation POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM (SOLO). Other collaborations with Okwui Okpokwasili include SITTING ON A MAN’S HEAD (2019), ADAKU’S REVOLT (2019), AT THE ANTERIOR EDGE (2018), WHEN I RETURN WHO WILL RECEIVE ME (2016), BRONX GOTHIC (2013) and PENT-UP: A REVENGE DANCE (2009), as well as an album they produced together DAY PULLS DOWN THE SKY (2019). Their work has also appeared in the Berlin Biennale and at the Tate Gallery. He collaborated with David Thomson as a director, designer and writer on THE VENUS KNOT (2017) and HE HIS OWN MYTHICAL BEAST (2018), and as a set designer for Nora Chipaumire’s RITE/RIOT (2014) and EL CAPITAN KINGLADY (2016). Four of Peter Born’s collaborations have garnered New York Dance Performance “Bessie” Awards. His work as an art director and prop stylist has been featured in video and photo projects with Vogue, Estee Lauder, Barney’s, Bloomingdales, The Wall Street Journal etc.
Production and realization
Production coordinator | Stage manager Michaelangelo DeSerio Realization in collaboration with Haus der Kunst and SPIELART theaterfestival.