Dance
Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula

How a falling star lit up
the purple sky

Visual Poem
Not language-based.
Co-production: Kaserne Basel, Arsenic – Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne, Wiesbaden Biennale, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel
Mo, 05.09.2022
Guest Production | Wiesbaden BiennaleGrosses Haus19:30
How a falling star lit up the purple sky
Photo: Philip Frowein
How a falling star lit up the purple sky
Photo: Philip Frowein
How a falling star lit up the purple sky
Photo: Philip Frowein
How a falling star lit up the purple sky
Photo: Philip Frowein
Photo: Philip Frowein

After their successful production The Ecstatic, the nine Pantsula artists of Impilo Mapantsula and Jeremy Nedd are now working together again to explore the "western". The western is, without doubt, the film genre that contains the most stereotypes about the hero, the "other" and the empty, wild landscape that have become so deeply engrained in the collective memory. From Clint Eastwood to the Marlboro cowboy – we see white, heroic men before our inner eye, galloping away on majestic horses into an even more majestic, seemingly untouched landscape. But they are definitely not images of pantsulas. How a falling star hit up the purple sky is a dynamic visual poem that proposes a paradigm shift, re-thinks the idea of the archetype and hopefully invites a re-assessment of the psychic and geographical spaces occupied by the western, the (Wild) West, and the South.

Cast

Concept / Choreography Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula
Technical Direction & Lighting Design Thomas Giger
Stage Design Laura Knüsel
Costume Design Rosa Birkedal
Sound Design Fabrizio Di Salvo & Rej Deproc
Musical Consultation Brandy Butler
Dramaturgy Anta Helena Recke
Production Management Regula Schelling, produktionsDOCK

Partners & Sponsors

Supported by Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, SüdKulturFonds, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Kulturfonds der Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA), GGG Basel, Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung, Scheidegger-Thommen-Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung