• 16Sep

    Them and Us

    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 Brücke’ 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 Kihara 
    Dancers: Lafaele Fagasa, Malili Tautala, Paul Tuisaula
    Video: Andrea Keiz 
    Lighting design: Marek Lamprecht 
    Assistant: Laura Böttinger 
    Press & Production: björn & björn 

    16, 18, 19 & 20 September 2015, Sophiensaele Berlin, 
    24-25 September 2015, FFT Düsseldorf,
    1-2 October 2015, Roxy Basel (CH), 
    9-10 October 2015, Theater Freiburg,
    14, 16 & 17 October 2015, Kampnagel Hamburg,


    Image credit: Courtesy of Jochen Roller  Yuki Kihara for ‘Them and Us’  with Tatau Dance Group  Photo by Evotia Tamua  Location at Otara Markets  NZ


    Yuki Kihara


    16 September – 17 October


    Various locations around Germany

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