The Jitta Collective / Stephanie Thiersch & Kefa Oiro

Big Stage
21.09.2017 – 23.09.2017
Eine Gruppe von Tänzerinnen steht vor einer bunt plakatierten Wand.

The African-European collective rededicates the heritage of cultural appropriation into the art of appropriation. Through the artistic practice of appropriation and self-empowerment, a music and dance project with ties to art phenomena central to the 20th century such as collage and ready-made rises. Contemporary sources of inspiration can be found in the African “Jua Kali” artists who creatively recycle disposed material. The group around choreographers Stephanie Thiersch and Kefa Oiro drives the idea of the mash-up into the extreme: On beatboxing, spoken word art, percussion and turntables, fashion, art, voguing, contemporary dance and catwalking, a sort of “fashion concert” of futuristic identities emerges. Among the artists participating will be musician and beatboxer Dodo NKishi, known for his connection to the band Mouse on Mars, among other things, voguing dancer and tanzhaus teacher Marie AKA Zoe Melody as well as Alexandra Naudet, dancer with Philippe Découflé in Paris, and also Belgian DJ Elephant Power.  While traditional African symbols and patterns have long been engrossed by the Western fashion industry, “Chombotrope” uses the principle of “stealing from the West” as a subversive and playful change of perspective conjuring up new narratives: Animism encounters science fiction, spiritualism meets technology. Traditional and contemporary materials, patterns and meanings become intertwined, collected and newly adjusted. A black hole of fashion between two continents opens, occupied by “The Jitta Collective”: Loud, glaring, colourful, confusing, and with no copyright guarantee whatsoever. The project picks up where the internationally successful 2013 piece “Mitumba – A happening” on the circulation of second-hand clothes on African textile markets left off.

Duration: 60 min.

Accompanying Programme
Thu 14.09. 18:00 open rehearsal
Fri 22.09. discussion afterwards
Sat 23.09. 19:00 physical introduction


Project initiative, idea: Kefa Oiro, Stephanie Thiersch; Concept: The Jitta Collective; Composition, Turntables: Nicolas Baudoux aka DJ Elephant Power; Choreography, Voguing: Marie Bucholz aka Zoe Melody; Choreography, Dance: Alexandra Naudet; Composition, Percussion, Beatboxing: Dodo NKishi; Choreography, Dance: Kefa Oiro; Composition, Percussion: N’deye Seck; Choreography, Direction, Text: Stephanie Thiersch; Art objects, Fashion design, Poetry: Ssamson Ssenkaaba aka Xenson. Musical support: Checkmate Mido aka Mido Dembebe, Judith Namacheke Bwire. Support Voguing: Leo Melody, Ray Melody/House of Melody Berlin, artzone dancers Nairobi.

A production by MOUVOIR e.V. Germany and Tuchangamke Group Kenia, coproduced by the Akademie der Künste der Welt Köln in the framework of Pluriversale VII, tanzhaus nrw, Nairobi Festival of Performance and Media Arts/NFPMA and Goethe Institut/Internationaler Koproduktionsfonds. In cooperation with freihandelszone – Ensemblenetzwerk Köln and GoDownArtsCenter Nairobi. Funded by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Nationale Performance Netz (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW and the Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.