The Samoans are back! A century after they were lucratively exhibited in German Zoos, three of them return to Germany in a folk-colonial spectacle by the Berlin choreographer Jochen Roller and the Samoan performance artist Yuki Kihara.
“Our new countrymen” was the motto under which the Samoans were presented to Germany at the time. The three invited dancers Malili, Lafaele and Paul take this motto literally – they study the culture and customs of their white brothers and sisters and alight on strange connections between the two cultures. The Bavarian people dance the Samoan Fa’ataupati in lederhosen, the painters of ‘die BrÃ¼cke’ group use Samoan painting techniques and people in Berlin clubs wear Samoan chieftain’s tattoos on their shoulders.
Them and us is a mixture of hybrid choreography and film, in an extremely pleasurable way, the protagonists develop a re-writing of the German anthropological viewpoint of their former colony of German Samoa.
Artistic Direction: Jochen Roller and Yuki KiharaÂ
Dancers: Lafaele Fagasa, Malili Tautala, Paul Tuisaula
Video: Andrea KeizÂ
Lighting design: Marek LamprechtÂ
Assistant: Laura BÃ¶ttingerÂ
Press & Production: bjÃ¶rn & bjÃ¶rnÂ
16, 18, 19 & 20 September 2015, Sophiensaele Berlin,www.sophiensaele.comÂ
24-25 September 2015, FFT DÃ¼sseldorf,Â www.fft-duesseldorf.de
1-2 October 2015, Roxy Basel (CH),Â www.theater-roxy.chÂ
9-10 October 2015, Theater Freiburg,www.theater.freiburg.de
14, 16 & 17 October 2015, Kampnagel Hamburg,www.kampnagel.de
Image credit: Courtesy of Jochen Roller Â Yuki Kihara for ‘Them and Us’ Â with Tatau Dance Group Â Photo by Evotia Tamua Â Location at Otara Markets Â NZ
16 September – 17 October
Various locations around Germany< BACK TO LISTINGS