THE DRYING PRAYER
Taigué Ahmed (N'Djamena)
entrance € 18,00 | reduced € 10,00
23.10. 19:00 – 20:10
24.10. 20:00 – 21:10
25.10. 19:00 – 20:10
Artist talk after the performance on 24.10., moderated by Antonia Beermann (in French with German translation)
No language skills required
The performance of THE DRYING PRAYER on 23.10. has to be cancelled.
Lake Chad is one of the oldest miracles of the Sahara, it connects the countries Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon and provides the region with water and nutrition. The lake is a protective space for all species and a spiritually charged archive for dances and songs of the people living there. Due to the climate change, increasing security problems and displacement resulting therefrom, Lake Chad has increasingly become an endangered habitat in the last few years. Now there is an increasing number of conflicts which are predominantly answered by militarising the region. With THE DRYING PRAYER, the Chadian choreographer Taigué Ahmed creates a dance piece, together with his ensemble, which deals with the current transformation of living space, flora, fauna and community structures at Lake Chad. Contemporary African dance meets traditional motion sequences, and hip-hop meets the Urban Dance Style Coupé-Decalé. THE DRYING PRAYER is a danced cartography, a survey of the situation of Lake Chad and its inhabitants.
Choreography | Project Lead (Chad) Taigué Ahmed Dance Baidy Ba | Aimé Djedonang | Hervé Dakanga | Aly Karembé Music Caleb Rimbtobaye I Afrotronix Costumes | Stage Veronika Utta Schneider Dramaturgy | Project Lead Sarah Israel Light Design Wolfgang Eibert Sound Design Benno Heisel
Taigué Ahmed is a choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Ndam Se Na. Born in Chad in 1977, he came into contact with traditional dance early in his life. Later, in a workshop of choreographer Julie Dossavi he was introduced to contemporary dance. In 2005, he founded Ndam Se Na, a Chadian contemporary Dance Company with the objective to implement socio-cultural and artistic projects in the humanitarian field. Since 2013, he has been working regularly with actors from the artistic and social arena on projects for the integration of displaced population groups, most of all in Canada and Germany. Currently, he is starting to work together with researchers from the fields of anthropology and sociology more intensively.
AfrotroniX is a project of the Chadian musician Caleb Rimbtobaye. It connects electronic music with African rhythms and Tuareg Blues. The live appearances and shows of AfrotroniX are rhythmic creations in which DJing, live instruments and afro-urban choreographic performances on the stage are united in a futuristic, visual universe. Today, the musician and artist is living and working in Montreal and has been performing in Quebec, Canada, as well as all over the world for more than ten years.
Sarah Israel is working as a free-lance dramaturge in the field of performing arts and has directed Festivals of the Free Scene in Munich and Berlin. She studied dramaturgy, Modern German literature and Philosophy in Munich, and since 2009, she has been a dramaturge at the Schauspiel Stuttgart. Since 2012, she has been developing dance and theatre projects, together with the choreographer Taigué Ahmed, among others. For the interim season 2020/2021 she has been working at the Theater an der Parkaue - Junges Staatstheater Berlin, where she co-initiated the residency programme TO BE CONTINUED? ZUR KONTINUITÄT VON RASSISMUS UND SEXISMUS AN DEUTSCHEN THEATERN.
Production and realization
A dance project by Taigu Ahmed (Ndam Se Na) and SISK – Büro für Dramaturgie und Produktion with Maud Ruget (Management), in co-production with HochX Theater and Live Art | Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar | Deutsches Theater Göttingen. With the support of the SPIELART Theaterfestival Munich and the CND Centre national de la danse, artists in residence Residency Program (Paris). Supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).