Picture: Knut Klaßen
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen: Kabuki noir
Picture: Knut Klaßen
Picture: Knut Klaßen
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen: Kabuki noir
Picture: Knut Klaßen
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Kabuki noir

The Japanese art form kabuki is the focus of the latest production from “Gintersdorfer/Klaßen”. Since 2005 the director Monika Gintersdorfer and the visual artist Knut Klaßen have been working with a German-Ivorian team to produce genre-breaking theatre projects. In “Kabuki Noir” nine performers from various disciplines use the Ivorian music and dance form Coupé Décalé and postmodern dance to transform the traditional Japanese theatre form into a new hybrid ritual for the stage, which entails the cultural differences of the team. In contrast to western performance practice, the stagings of kabuki plays have not changed for centuries. Glamorous costumes, narrative choreographies and stage elements like the ‘hanamichi’ (flower path) form a vocabulary that for the uninitiated can only partly be deciphered and which Gintersdorfer/Klaßen take up and occupy anew. In a cultural appropriation from below and with a will to form a theatre of even hierarchies, political, spiritual and comic scenes from the classical kabuki repertoire become the starting points for a tale about visible and invisible borders in our time.

After the performance of November 10, there will be an artist talk with Monika Gintersdorfer, Hauke Heumann, Knut Klaßen and Margarita Tsomou.
Past dates
November 2018
French with German translation and English
approx. 90 min
Annick Prisca Agbadou, Jean-Claude Dagbo alias DJ Meko, Gotta Depri, Jule Flierl, Montserrat Gardó Castillo, Hallo Werner Clan, Hauke Heumann, Teppei Ozawa, Franck Edmond Yao alias Gadoukou la Star
Assistance scenography
Marc Aschenbrenner
Assistance costume
Eva Carbo
Lisa Magierski, Royce, Aleks Cigale
Dramaturgical advice
Eric Parfait Francis Taregue, Konstanze Hanitzsch
Axel Gerber
Premiere 09 November 2018
Production: Gintersdorfer/Klaßen. Koproduction: HAU Hebbel-am-Ufer. Funded by the Senate Departmenet for Culture and Europe.