Premiere: September 18th 2008
Kunsthaus Tacheles, Goldener Saal, Berlin
90 minutes

Inszenierung/Konzept/Choreographie: Tomi Paasonen
Bühnenbild & Videoinstallation: Matthew De Gumbia
Live Audio: Mike Koloska /inc3.net
Kostüme: Sasa Sadak-Kovacevic
Licht: Milos Vujkovic
Video: Felipe Frozza

Challenge Gumbodete aus Harare (Zimbabwe)
Justin Kennedy aus St. Croix (Virgin Islands)
Simo Kellokumpu aus Kemijärvi (Lappland)
Marcin Baczyk aus Siedlce (Polen)

When we mix all the colours together, we either get motley or beige. When we cross a horse with a donkey, we create a mule. Through the method of cross-pollination, we want to create hybrid concoctions out of different cultures, geological and genetic biographies, urban and natural landscapes. What happens when one mixes folklore with contemporary dance methods? What "misfits" and "intelligent designs" ensue if african dance is cross pollinated with mazurka or polonaise, or tango with voodoo, calypso and Caribbean dance traditions? What are the effects on cultural identities on a globalized world population, which is increasingly on the move and influenced by one another? Four queer dancers from different parts of the world bring their folkloric backgrounds into the mix: Challenge Gumbodete - Harare (Zimbabwe), Justin Kennedy - St. Croix (Virgin Islands), Simo Kellokumpu from Kemijärvi (Lappland) and Marcin Baczyk - Siedlce (Poland)

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