The Western serves Jeremy Nedd and the Pantsula artists of Impilo Mapantsula as a speculative starting point to new stories and myths.
After their successful productionthe ecstaticthe nine Pantsula artists of Impilo Mapantsula and Jeremy Nedd are now working together again to explore the "Western". Few film genres have produced as many stereotypes of the hero, the "other," and the empty, wild land that have become deeply inscribed in the collective memory as the Western. From Clint Eastwood to the Marlboro cowboy, we see white, heroic men in our mind's eye galloping away on majestic horses into an even more majestic, seemingly untouched landscape. But surely these are not images of pantsulas.How a falling star lit up the purple sky (AT)is a dynamic visual poem that proposes a paradigm shift, reimagines the idea of the archetype, and hopefully invites a reassessment of the psychic and geographic spaces that the Western, the (Wild) West, and the South occupy.
Contributors and additional information:
Concept, choreography Jeremy Nedd Performance, Choreography Sicelo Xaba, Vusi Mdoyi, Sello Modiga, Thomas Motsapi, Sonakele Masethi, Kgotsofalang Moshe, Vuyani Feni, Sibongile Mathebula, Elma Motloenya Technical direction & lighting design Thomas Giger Stage Laura Knüsel Sound design Fabrizio Di Salvo & Rej Deproc Musical consulting Brandy Butler
Dramaturgy Anta Helena Recke
Production management Regula Schelling, produktionsDOCK
Co-production Kaserne Basel, Arsenic - Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne, International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Biennale Wiesbaden
With the kind support of 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
Note: This text was translated by machine translation software and not by a human translator. It may contain translation errors.