We are pleased to invite you to the film screening of WIR, A film documentation with teenagers from the Berufsschule zur Berufsintegration München.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

The film screening will be available online via ZOOM, on April 23rd 2021, at 7pm . 

Please sign up under: guerreiro65@yahoo.com. 

A link will be sent, one day before the event.

WIR Performers: Saif Nozat Mohammed Al Hajo, Kokob Dawit Yefter, Cheikh Abdourahmane Camara, Malik Dunbuya, Saher Kret Hayder and Carela Ago-Akumey-Etui.

WIR Film team: Angela Guerreiro (Direction, script and text translations); Stephanie Felber (Camera & Editing); Angelika Krautzberger (Interviews); Benno Heisel (Composition & sound-design); Eva Gahl (Dramaturgy, actors support & text transcription); Dahaba Sakho and Kokob Dawit Yefter (Camera Assistance).

WIR is a dance – theater – film production by Angela Guerreiro in cooperation with the School for Professional Occupation in Munich. 

This film documentary was made instead of a dance theater project due to COVID-19 hygiene criteria and school regulations without prior preparation. The WIR team was only able to meet, interview and record each performer for one hour and a half. The result of these meetings is the raw material from which this film was made.

The entire team would like to thank all supporters who made this project possible. First and foremost, the Munich Department of Culture, which financed the project and never gave up despite the difficult circumstances caused by COVID-19. 

WIR also sends a big thank you to the Olympic Park, which provided a wonderful backdrop for our project. 

WIR shootings were carried out in accordance with current hygiene regulations to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

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‘Me and My White Skeleton’

reflections by Afro-Portuguese Angela Guerreiro

‘Me and my white skeleton’ is a proposal towards the awareness of black bodies as such, not as the other or the otherness, not as an alienated body, but as a way to conquer bodily space and contour. Bringing Kinesthesia, proprioception and cellular intelligence (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen) into play. This research reflects about daily racism through a personal view, within a somatic context and it attempts to foster communication, attention and a deeper reflection about the awareness of the other as such. Can somatic practices become a political practice? Can we reflect about body/mind alienation?

There is a lot to be done worldwide. Let’s start telling everybody, that beyond our ethnicity, skin color, religion, race supremacy all living bodies share the same white skeleton, bone and marrow, cells, muscles, fluids such as blood, glands, nerves, ligaments, organs, a skull that contains a brain, and a mind, soul and spirit and even the same skin, our largest organ. A strong impact in our living organisms is our interrelationships, our environment, how we grow up, our social interactions, our peer groups. These are major aspects that build what we are and influences on why, what and how we think and behave. 

On her text about the decolonization of the body, Pasquale Virginie Rotter writes, „Gestures, contexts and experiences of violence of those (colonial-)racist representations of our bodies are inscribed in them – together with the experiences of violence experienced directly and directly on our own bodies. We find ourselves in every message about a Person of Color who experiences racist violence, in every fresco of a black person above the pharmacy, in every fundraising campaign with People of Color. Like a mirror appearing repeatedly, screaming and lying. Imitating learning processes in childhood and adolescence led to involuntary repetitions of these gestures. The conscious or intuitive decision to become and be exactly as the white eye sees us was often the only way to get through or survive. Often the connections to our own gestures, our own body sensations and our own images were lost and overwritten.“ 1

‘Me and my white skeleton’ received a scholarship for research in 2020 by the Munich Cultural Department. Lecture-performance presentations May 2021, Halle 6, Munich.

 

1 ’Die Dekolonisierung des Körpers’ by Pasquale Virginie Rotter. Südwind-Magazin. Translated for this text with www.DeepL.com/Translator. 

Kulturreferat Tanzstipendien

WIR

a project initiated by Angela Guerreiro

 

A dance, theatre film project with teenagers in cooperation with the vocational school at Balanstrasse.

At this school, young new immigrants are guided to successfully complete a qualifying secondary school diploma within two years. The “WIR” project is aimed at this very heterogeneous group. It pursues the goal of raising awareness of individual possibilities of expression and strengthening one’s own personality in a new and foreign environment in which one has to constantly redefine oneself. Dance, theatre and film techniques are used to test how the individual can articulate and ultimately position him/herself in an artistic language. The artistic working process is oriented towards the personal stories and needs of the participants.

The following (film) production process is planned: Over a period of 4 weeks, the team will hold workshops after class, in which all interested students of the school are invited to participate. In the course of the workshops, the individual students will create film portraits at various locations in the city, which will then be edited into a short film. The students are involved in the artistic process both in front of and behind the camera.

Angela Guerreiro’s team consists of the actress, theatre teacher and lecturer Angelika Krautzberger (e.g. Gruppe Drama Köln, Zeiten Festival am Pathos Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele, cooperation with Judith Huber and Caitlin van der Maas), the composer Benno Heisel (e.g. artistic director HochX) and the film director Stephanie Felber. Eva Gahl, who works as a teacher at the school, accompanies the project as dramaturge.

Main characters are: Saif Nozat Mohammed Al Hajo, Kokob Dawit Yefter, Cheikh Abdourahamane Camara, Malik Dunbuya, Saher Kret Hayder, Carela Ago-Akumey-Etui.

Behind the camera we had the support from: Kokob Dawit Yefter and Dahaba Sakho.

At the end of the process there will be film presentations at Balanstrasse as well as at other schools and cultural centers from April 2021.

Participatory dance and theatre productions and projects with amateurs - Kulturreferat Munich