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Natasha A. Kelly

M(a)y Sister #4 “zwischen avenui und kreuzberg”

With Natasha A. Kelly, Emilia Paloma Happi, Jacqueline Mayen, Zaida Horstmann, Abdul Rahime Diallo, Amina Koss

Natasha A. Kelly continues her series “M(a)y Sister” in honour of the Black German activist May Ayim at HAU in 2018. In her poem “blues in black and white” she criticizes German colonialism and engages in a postcolonial discourse. The first evening will be devoted to the history of the Blues and its importance to Black communities worldwide. The second evening will continue in the tact of the Blues, as the audience is invited to take part in a virtual city tour somewhere “between avenui and kreuzberg.”
Abdou Rahime Diallo was born in Guinea and grew up in Germany. The guitarist, singer and composer of the band FULANI, which has played in Germany, Eritrea, France, Guinea and the Netherlands, has been director of the working group International and Europe at the Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE) and a German delegate to the “Global Forum on Migration and Development – GFMD 2017”.

Amina Koß was born in Berlin, her father comes from Tanzania, her mother from Germany. She joined the “weltwärts” volunteer service after finishing her university entrance exams, which took her to Tanzania. There she taught maths and physics for six months at the Vudee Secondary School and worked at the environmental NGO SMECAO. Her interests lie in the fields of art and culture, and in February of 2018 she finished her architectural studies in Stuttgart.

Emilia Paloma Happi lives in Berlin, where she attends secondary school. In 2015 she started studying acting at the “ACADEMY”, a stagecraft school for people of all cultures from 13 to 19. Since then she has intensified her passion for acting in theatrical productions, and has already participated in one event in “Sisters & Souls”.

Jacqueline Mayen finished her BA in social and cultural anthropology and communication at the Free University in Berlin. Following this she received an MA in African studies at Humboldt University. For four years the Berliner has been working as a freelance educational trainer with a focus on anti-racism and post-colonial critique. Since 2016 she has been part of the collective Black Lives Matter Berlin. At the beginning of 2018 she became project director of the intercultural education and empowerment project AfroPolitan.

Zaida Horstmann is an Afro-German artist and theatre educator. She grew up in Germany and Kenya. After studying acting at the UDK she began working as an artist and theatre educator for Berlin Postkolonial and the AWO. Following this she studied sociology and psychology at the Martin Luther University in Halle. There she developed further perspectives on her performative and pedagogical work. Today Zaida works for various NGOs and in a variety of projects in the areas of migration, asylum and anti-racism. She recently directed “ZuFlucht 3.0”, a project at the University of Bielefeld, in which she developed a performative piece with students and asylum seekers.

Past dates
May 2018
German