STRICKEN, the performance 2019 / 60 min / Ballhaus Naunynstraße
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STRICKEN, the performance

premiere: 27th april 2019 at Ballhaus Naunynstraße

Produced by Kultursprünge at Ballhaus Naunynstraße gemeinnützige GmbH in the context of the festival Postcolonial Poly Perspectives, financed by the Capital Cultural Fund.

When we remember – being tucked in * shaping soap suds animals, lots of soap = cleanness * being towelled dry * butter spread thick on bread * teary eyes whenever we leave * weeding * Oh my God, two different socks * Don’t touch her hair! Messing up the hair! And my hair? * Greet the neighbours properly! * She may be disappointed – or was it different back then?A girl and her grandmother, two related bodies meeting between generations, eras. A significant distance, women’s roles, body images, values; nevertheless, an undeniable connection. The relationship we have with our grandparents is complex – and presumably underestimated. Especially when the grandmother was raised during the Nazi era.

In STRICKEN (KNITTING), a nine-year-old and her grandma meet; a Black girl and her white grandmother. There’s so much we learn from our grandmas! Specific tasks such as folding laundry; and with them a whole set of values around order, how to dress, gender roles. We move out of our parents’ house one day, but our grandmas? Does emancipation from our mothers mean the unquestioned affirmation of our grandmothers? Which step sequences are passed on to us and when do we start walking on our own?

What preceded the visual artist and choreographer Magda Korsinsky’s choreography STRICKEN was an exploration involving interviews with six Black women about their white grandmothers and their circumstances. The resulting video interviews provide a unique perspective on Black German history.

Choreography: Magda Korsinsky
Stage & lighting design: Raquel Rosildete
Costume: Monique Van den Bulck
Music: Isabel Gonzalez Toro
Video: Stefan Korsinsky
Performance: Naê Selka de Paiva, Hilla Steinert
Choreography assistance: Caroline Alves

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