A group of six black people dressed in white stand in front of a field with their hands raised theatrically and their eyes closed; a cloudy sky stretches out above them.
© Zivanai Matangi
A group of six black people dressed in white stand in front of a field with their hands raised theatrically and their eyes closed; a cloudy sky stretches out above them.
© Zivanai Matangi

Jeremy Nedd / Impilo Mapantusla

Blue Nile to the Galaxy Around Olodumare

Summer Festival darlings envision the future with cosmic jazz and the virtuosic moves of Pantsula, inspired by new galaxies and two jazz legends.

Tickets:

36 / 18 / 9 (conc. from 9 Euro, 50 % conc. with Festivalkarte)

Dates

In 2022, Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantusla stormed the Summer Festival with three sold-out, jubilant shows. Their new work BLUE NILE TO THE GALAXY AROUND OLODUMARE is the third collaboration between the South African group and the Basel-based US choreographer, who recently won the Swiss Grand Prix in Performing Arts. In response to the cosmic jazz music of Alice Contrane and Bheki Mseleku, they explore the afrofuturistic potential of improvisation through Pantsula, the high-speed, virtuosic dance form that, during apartheid, gave voice to an entire generation. From the powerful and lyrical jive style of today's Pantsula echo past struggles against oppression. And inspired by interstellar phenomena like the birth of galaxies or the death of a star, space and time condense on stage to create a highly dynamic and poetic evening.


Concept, Choreography, Performance Jeremy Nedd Performance & Choreography Sibongile Mathebula, Sicelo Xaba, Thomas Motsapi, Bonakele Masethi, Sello Modiga Sound Design Fabrizio Di Salvo, Rej Deproc Stage Laura Knüsel Costume Tara Mabiala Engineering & Lighting Design Thomas Giger Dramaturgy Anta Helena Recke Production Caroline Froelich (Moin Moin Productions)

Co-Production Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, ARSENIC Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Kaserne Basel, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival Tangente - Festspielhaus St. Pölten, SPIELART Theaterfestival Supported by Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Pro Helvetia