At first glance, the universes of Westerns and pantsula are diametrically opposed. The first lionises the figure of the white hero, cigarette in lips, straddling the plains of the Wild West. The second is a syncopated protest dance, born amid apartheid in the townships of 1960s Johannesburg.
With his performer’s lasso, Jeremy Nedd establishes a dialogue between two opposing worlds. The American continues his fruitful collaboration with Impilo Mapantsula, an international network of artists working to preserve the living heritage of pantsula.
Through this powerful dance, the cowboy sheds his racial supremacy and the spirit of conquering unknown lands to become the conscious guardian of his own future.
And the result is a visual poem full of passion, rebellious bodies and hope, all in movement..
Presented by Kaaitheater x Les Halles x BRONKS x La montagne magique in the frame of the festivals Africa is/in the Future & EXPORT/IMPORT FESTIVAL
Concept & Choreography: Jeremy Nedd
Performance & Choreography: Sicelo Xaba, Vusi Mdoyi, Sello Modiga, Thomas Motsapi, Bonakele Masethi, Kgotsofalang Moshe, Vuyani Feni, Sibongile Mathebula, Elma Motloenya
Lighting Design & Technical Management: Thomas Giger
Stage Design & Technical Management: Laura Knüsel
Audio Design: Fabrizio Di Salvo & Rej Deproc
Musical Consultation: Brandy Butler
Costume: Rosa Birkedal
Dramaturgy: Anta Helena Recke
Production assistance: Kihako Narisawa, Juliana Simonetti|Production Management: Regula Schelling / produktionsDOCK|Touring Management: Caroline Froelich / Moin Moin Productions|In coproduction with : Kaserne Basel; Arsenic – Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne; International Summer Festival Kampnagel; Wiesbaden Biennale; The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg| With the kind support of Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, SüdKulturFonds, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Kulturfonds of the Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA), GGG Basel, Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung, Scheidegger-Thommen-Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung