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Picture: Pierre Gaulke
M(a)y Sister by Natasha A. Kelly
Picture: Pierre Gaulke
Picture: Chris Schulz
M(a)y Sister by Natasha A. Kelly
Picture: Chris Schulz
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Natasha A. Kelly

M(a)y Sister #1+2

#1 with Bahati, Chantal Fleur Sandjon, Ella Schwarz, Oxana Chi, Layla Zami, Sylvestre Soleil, Dikumbi / #2 with The String Archestra, Elizabeth Kaneza, Karen Taylor, Menina, Lara-Sophie Milagro, Dela Dabulamanzi, Maya Alban-Zapata

The Ghanaian-German poet and scholar May Ayim, who died in 1996, played a central role in the second wave of the German Black movement, which grew out of the women’s movement in the 1980s. Her texts reflect the diverse social realities of Black people in Germany and earned her international recognition, the book “Farbe bekennen”, which she co-edited, has become a standard reference. In her honour Natasha A. Kelly published the anthology “Sisters and Souls. Inspirationen durch May Ayim” which was presented at HAU last year. This publication discusses the past, present, and future of Black women in Germany. Therein Janine Fuentes describes in her text “M(a)y Sister” that through Ayim’s poems she realized that she was not alone: Ayim created ‘comm-unity.’ In honor of Ayim’s birthday on May 3, Sisters and Souls present a performance, dance, and spoken word programme. The first day of events focuses on questions of Black feminist identities. The second evening discusses political activism that is determined by the goal of reaching freedom and overcoming limitations. Sisters and Souls celebrate the legacy of May Ayim and continue in her path.
Current Performances
Wed 03.05.2017, 20:00 / HAU3
Fri 05.05.2017, 20:00 / HAU3
Duration: 1:30
By and with
Natasha A. Kelly
A project within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.