Panaibra Gabriel Canda

The man who did not see the whale pass by
Big stage
14.08.2021 – 15.08.2021
Panaibra Canda steht an einem Pult auf einer Bühne
Panaibra Canda hält eine Statue in der Form von Afrika hoch, die wie die chinesische Flagge bemalt ist.
Ein überdimensionaler Schatten von Panaibra ist hinter im auf die Leinwand projiziert.
Auf dem Bildschirm hinter Panaibra steht "What an ugly world".

“This is the man from the sea who did not see the whale pass by, who did not hear the whale song, who did not feel the salt in the water – much less the wave’s movement. This man lives here, in this world, in which heroes turn into villains, liberators into exploiters, ideologies into faith, war into business, governments into oppressors, borders into walls, securities into insecurities. Yes, here is the man who pollutes the Earth to live on the moon – without gravity nor oxygen. Welcome!” – Panaibra Gabriel Canda

Choreographer and dancer Panaibra Gabriel Canda seeks to find the connection between the self and the projection of a further I in the solo The man who did not see the whale pass by. This connection comes up in the social tension of expectations directed at ourselves on the one hand and external expectations on the other hand. But what could this further I be? Inspired by authors Janusz Korcza and Fernando Pessoa, Panaibra Gabriel Canda takes on lost utopias, the different perspectives of adults and children as well as their self-perception.

Panaibra Gabriel Canda, born in Maputo, Mozambique, ranks among the most important African choreographers, one who mirrors the postcolonial ruptures of his country like no other. He studied theatre, dance, and music in Mozambique and Portugal and has been developing his own artistic works since 1993; projects which he tours globally and for which he has won numerous awards . He founded the organisation CulturArte in Maputo in 1998, the first production studio for contemporary dance in Mozambique. As its artistic director and choreographer, he is very successfully dedicated to the support of the regional dance scene.

Duration: 50 min. / in Portuguese with English surtitles  

Accompanying programme
Sun 15.08. with German audio description
Sun 15.08. also with livestream
Fri 13.08. 17:00 Artist Workshop I: The projected image with Panaibra Gabriel Canda

Concept, choreography, performance: Panaibra Gabriel Canda; Tech: Caldino José Alberto; Video: Dafne Narvaez; Video installation and programming 1 and video panorama-shots of the city of Maputo: Walter Verdin; Video programming 2: Noam Gorbat; Light: Thomas Achtner; Int. Distribution: Plan B Hamburg / Carmen Mehnert, Anne Schmidt. 
Texts: Panaibra Canda, inspired by the book „When I am little again“ by Janusz Korczak, poems by Fernando Pessoa „A criança que fui“ and „Quando era criança“ and speeches of African leaders at the African Union summits 1960-2000. Music: „I’ve got dreams to remember“ (Otis Redding 1968), „Kunst der Fuga-Contrapunctus III“ (Johann Sebastian Bach 1742) by Joris Verdin and Guido De Neve,  „Independency cha cha“ (Grand Kalle &  LAfrican Jazz), „Mtsitso Kugwita“ (Venâncio Mbande 1999),  „What a wonderful world“ (Luis Armstrong 1967) Karaoke version.
A production by Panaibra Gabriel Canda/CulturArte. This guest performance is part of VOLUME UP series, supported by Kunststiftung NRW. 

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Festival · 06. – 22.08.2021


Unheard stories, disregarded knowledge