Fresh from Avignon to Berlin

New productions by Radhouane El Meddeb and Dorothée Munyaneza

Two new works by Radhouane El Meddeb and Dorothée Munyaneza just saw their celebrated world premieres at the Festival d'Avignon – Tanz im August will present their German premieres at this year's festival edition. The two highly acclaimed performances will bring new artistic perspectives on Africa and the African history.
 
Dorothée Munyaneza | Unwanted
23.+24.8. | HAU1

How can you allow someone without a voice to be heard? How can you shed light on people who hide in the shadows? This new work by Dorothée Munyaneza is concerned with women from Rwanda who were raped during the 1994 genocide, and with the unwanted children who were borne of those acts of violence. What sort of life do they lead? Munyaneza, a singer, actor and choreographer, was born in Rwanda. For “Unwanted”, she spoke with women and children and collected their stories in order to tell of their cares and hopes, to dance their lives and make their wounds visible.
 
Radhouane El Meddeb | Facing the sea, for tears to turn into laughter
22.+23.8. | RADIALSYSTEM V

People gaze at the sea, onto this dynamic space between the continents – a space as fictional as it is real. “Facing the sea, for tears to turn into laughter” is the story of a Tunisian man who is also a Frenchman: choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb, who has lived in France since 1998. His multi-faceted identity is the starting point for an artistic journey to his country of origin. It is different now, in the wake of the revolution. El Meddeb meets politically engaged artists who are helping to generate the idea of a new Tunisia. What begins to emerge is a poetic dialogue with Tunisian history, told through the medium of dance.

Overview

22.8.
19:00, RADIALSYSTEM V: Radhouane El Meddeb | Facing the sea, for tears to turn into laughter

23.8. 
19:00, HAU1: Dorothée Munyaneza | Unwanted
19:00, RADIALSYSTEM V: Radhouane El Meddeb | Facing the sea, for tears to turn into laughter

24.8.
19:00, HAU1: Dorothée Munyaneza | Unwanted


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