• Fri 07 10 2016 •
Souls' Landscapes, violence, magical superstructures, and invisible guardians Uriel Barthélémi


Venue: Stadtgarten, Venloer Straße 40, 50672 Cologne
Combined ticket for Arjun Appadurai and Uriel Barthélémi: 8 €, reduced 5 €

“In its bare reality, decolonization reeks of red-hot cannonballs and bloody knives,” wrote Frantz Fanon in his last book, The Wretched of the Earth, both a fundamental indictment of the colonial system and an obscure prophecy of its demise. The book’s discourse is full of such controversial imagery, which now bursts onto the stage in Souls’ Landscapes, a high tension performance incorporating music, movement, shadow and text. Its three distinct chapters explore different sides of the performers’ perceptions of Fanon’s thought, its grasp of violence, and its magical superstructures. Raw and invested as much as oneiric and hypnotic, always seeking to push the performers beyond their limits, this unembellished, intense and lively encounter opens up a space where real and imaginary masks are used or shattered in an attempt to reveal some of the fragmented realities which dwell within us; ethereal landscapes …

Uriel Barthélémi is a drummer, composer and electro-acoustic musician. He has had works commissioned by Césaré – CNCM, Sacem / CDMC, Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art and Sharjah Art Foundation. He recently played and performed at festivals like the Ruhrtriennale in Essen (2013), at the Sommerakademie at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern (2015) and at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris (2015).

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