africologne (5) Marie Yan writes about the first festival day Opening
During the next ten days, the author, dramaturge and translator Marie Yan writes about her impressions from africologneFESTIVAL. This is her first text, about the official inauguration and her experience of the opening production «Samson».
Lady Shakespeare oder Die Frau aus Stratford
africologne (3): A history of Kagayi Ngobi’s poem «For my negativity» «Nothing has changed that much»
In cooperation with the africologneFESTIVAL we present a series of four essays by African and Afro-diasporic artists who reflect on their performance work as an act of resistance and at the same time take a critical look at postcolonial power relations. In his contribution, the Ugandan poet Kagayi Ngobi, who will present his spoken word performance For my negativity during the festival, describes how dangerous life can be for a political poet in his home country – and how he finally abandoned his law studies to dedicate himself to a precarious existence as a poet.
Erzuli Dahomey, Göttin der Liebe
africologne (7): day 3 of the festival: the DIALOGFORUM Repairing, re-humanising (part 1 of 2)
In her report on the third day of africologne, Marie Yan sums up the extremely dense discussion «Recognise, restore, repair» at the Cologne dialogFORUM. A second part on these multi-layered impressions will follow tomorrow.
africologne (8): Mary Yan’s critical gaze on day 4 of the festival EYE LAND: THE FUTURE IS LOOKING FOR US
In today’s contribution, Marie Yan looks at different types of gazes, at a film screening, a staged reading and a concert – and takes a critical look at future perspectives for the festival.