• Fri 29 09 2017 / 9 pm •
Chombotrope The Jitta Collective – Kefa Oiro & Stephanie Thiersch


In a surreal fashion-concert, the African-European Jitta Collective searches for a sensually subversive take on appropriation, which, for example, manifests itself in the unauthorized adoption of African styles in Western fashion. Stolen traditions are reclaimed, mixed up and interwoven with metropolitan modernity. The performance is inspired by the bricolage of informal handymen in Kenya, called Jua Kali, recombining broken appliances, creating dazzling new hybrids that work at least for a while. The Jitta Collective takes this principle of re- and upcycling to an extreme. Beatboxing, rapping, spoken word, turntablism, dance, and voguing create a mash-up of futurist identities that question strategies of self-empowerment. After the performance on 29 September at 23:00, the DJs ELEPHANT POWER (Brussels) and NKISI (London) will play a B2B set.


Venue: Stadtgarten, Venloer Straße 40, 50672 Cologne
Evening ticket: 16 € / 12 € reduced (seated), 10 € / 8 € reduced (standing)
Combined ticket including B2B DJ set at Studio 672: 20 € / 16 € reduced (seated), 12 € / 10 € reduced (standing)
B2B only: 8 €
In English

A production of MOUVOIR e.V. Germany & Tuchangamke Group, Kenya

In coproduction with Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne as part of PLURIVERSALE Ⅶ, tanzhaus nrw, Nairobi Festival of Performance and Media Arts – NFPMA and Goethe-Institut – International Coproduction Fund

In cooperation with freihandelszone – Ensemblenetzwerk Köln, GoDownArtsCenter, Nairobi, and Stadtgarten

Funded by Kunststiftung NRW, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN)/Coproduction Fund for Dance, kindly supported by the Federal Government's Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Office for Cultural Activities Cologne