Repurposed Theatre

Foto: Florian Krauss


  • 23/08 9pm / 24/08 7pm
  • 4Baustelle Kleines Haus
  • 80 minutes
  • English
  • 25€ / 15€ / red. 8€

Five thin, orphaned children from Bariga, a poor neighbourhood in the Nigerian megacity Lagos, meet a fat white man on a white canvas. Childish innocence meets the feared foreigner, complete with chocolate. African lack of opportunity meets stereotypical European guilt, contemporary Nigerian dance meets European conceptual theatre. This cannot go well, you suspect, and suddenly you find yourself in the middle of an absurdly comical horror film, complete with vampires. But who’s sucking whose blood here?  German performance group Monster Truck, in collaboration with Nigerian company The Footprints of David, don’t shy away from any cliché and wade into the shallows of post-colonial art discourse. Referencing images we’re all familiar with, they implicate the audience in irresolvable conflicts, simply by being there. Can we escape the question of post-colonial guilt? Or is this a meeting eye-to-eye, in the shadow of asymmetrical power relations, doomed to fail from the start? An unfathomable predicament, where you’re welcome to laugh – and cough up some money.

  • Artistic directors Monster Truck & Segun Adefila
  • Sound Alice Ferl
  • Light Stine Hertel
  • Artistic collaboration Seun Awobajo
  • Production management ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture
  • Artist management Abiodun Adefila, Theresa Pommerenke
  • With Muiz Adebayo, Moses Akintunde, Andreas Klinger, John Lakutu, Ridwan Rasheed, Waris Rasheed

A production by Monster Truck and The Footprints of David, Sophiensaele Berlin, Theater Rampe Stuttgart, Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, Goethe-Institut Nigeria, funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut.

Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Guest Performance Fund for Theatre, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Departments of Culture and Arts of the German federal state.