PERFORMANCE On my Shoulders

On my Shoulders © Goethe-Institut

Sunday, 31 Juli 2022

Elphinstone Theatre Maradana

A dance performance by Raphael Moussa Hillebrand and Ballhaus Naunynstraße (Berlin)

The story isn’t over; the story goes on. My daughter. Happiness and madness go on. My mother is white. Yours a Black woman. I grew up in the western half, you in a cosmopolitan city. Do you think the story is over? Berlin, you are so big, so free, so provincially violent.

Half the city was the cosmos of my childhood; with a roast chicken trip to the other galaxy. Are privileges short-lived? Do they open horizons or blind us? Who owns the whole city? Who is it made for? For you, for us? Black Berliner. I would like you to be spared a few experiences. But how?

Auf meinen Schultern (On my shoulders) is a solo performance by the dancer and choreographer Raphael Moussa Hillebrand, his first at Ballhaus Naunynstraße. Based on his experience of growing up in Berlin in the 1980s and 90s, he attempts to give shape to his own lived experience so that the next generation and his own child can connect to it – a danced, break-danced, spoken and performed passing on musically accompanied by the cellist Eurico Ferreira Mathias.

Ticket-Info: Invitations will be available after July 22, at the Goethe-Institut (39 Greogry's Road, Colombo 7) or contact M. Safeer (117 201 299). Invitations are free. 

School Show: The public performance will be followed by an extra show for school students on Monday, 1 August at 3 PM. Interested students and teachers can pick up invitations from the Goethe-Institut or get in touch with M. Safeer (117 201 299). 

Choreography, Performance and Video Concept: Raphael Moussa Hillebrand
Music: Eurico Ferreira Mathias
Choreography Assistance: Kysy Fischer
Technical Director and Light: Jens Schneider
Sound and Video: Ingo König
Production Manager: Sylvia Erse Keller

Raphael Moussa Hillebrand's biography 
Further information on Ballhaus Naunynstraße

A production of Kultursprünge in Ballhaus Naunynstraße gemeinnützige GmbH. First production supported by funds from the State of Berlin, Senate Department for Culture and Europe, and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.