next... II (Mali/Iceland)

In the video dance project next… II (Mali/Iceland) the dance artists Charmene Pang and Kettly Noël entered into a dialogue through performative video letters. Situated in different countries on different continents, Kettly Noël in Bamako, Mali, and Charmene Pang in Reykjavík, Iceland, the artists engaged with the soils and climates of the two countries, which could hardly be more different. One land is expanding, another is shrinking - melting glaciers and the growing desert.

Encompassing different aspects of their country, the unifying themes of the two artists include: Layers of earth, layers of ice, climatic conditions, movement, relocation and isolation. Both moved years ago to the respective countries they live in - what does this mean for them and their relation to the soil they move on? What for their work as artists? What does it tell about the land and what does it say about its culture? And what structures do they offer in order to find interaction through dance within a digital exchange across continents?



Artistic Direction: Janne Gregor
Artist Bamako: Kettly Noël
Artist Iceland: Charmene Pang
Camera Bamako: Salimata Tapily
Camera Iceland: Omra Harding
Music: Moritz Thorbeckebased on the song „Vex“ by Sigrún including Ngomi tracks played by Yacouba Sissoko and voice tracks by Sigrún
Editor + Advice: Lutz Gregor
Production: Sina Kießling
Iceland location scout: Dísa Hulda Árnadóttir
Revision Subtitles: Anke Nehrig, Nora Amin

Thanks to:
Thomas Schaupp, Arnbjörg María Danielsen, Nah Kamaké, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Oumou Diarra, Nassiga Coulibaly dit Coumba, Kolo Traoré dit Tènin, Mariam M. Traoré, Mariam K. Traoré, Fatoumata Traoré, Maminata Traoré, Yaya Traoré, Boubacar Gakou, Djelika dit Mama Traoré, Amberscript, Anti Logic Mastering.

Research Phase 2021/ 22: Created in the context of GOETHE MORPH* ICELAND, with the support of the Goethe-Institut.

Project Realisation 2022: Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Minister of State for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.

Logos of project sponsors: Nationales Performance Netz, Neu Start Kultur, Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien