Drama & Performance
Wiesbaden BiennaleKleines Haus19:00 - 20:20
Five thin, orphaned children from Bariga, a poor neighbourhood in theNigerian megacity Lagos, meet a fat white man on a white canvas. Childishinnocence meets the feared foreigner, complete with chocolate. African lack ofopportunity meets stereotypical European guilt, contemporary Nigerian dancemeets European conceptual theatre. This cannot go well, you suspect, and suddenlyyou find yourself in the middle of an absurdly comical horror film, complete withvampires. But who’s sucking whose blood here? German performance group MonsterTruck, in collaboration with Nigerian company The Footprints of David, don’tshy away from any cliché and wade into the shallows of post-colonial artdiscourse. Referencing images w e’re allfamiliar with, they implicate the audience in irresolvable conflicts, simply bybeing there. Can we escape the question of post-colonial guilt? Or is this ameeting eye-to-eye, in the shadow of asymmetrical power relations, doomed tofail from the start? An unfathomable predicament, where you’re welcome to laugh and cough up some money.