Yeye pays homage to Yemayá, the goddess of the sea and motherhood in the Yoruba pantheon. In her latest performance work, created for the camera, choreographer and performer Lois Alexander explores the afterlife of slavery and the reverberations on our present. Drawing on her research into representations of Black mothers in mythology and religion, and looking specifically at icons such as the Black Madonna, she explores processes of syncretization, the blending of different religious views. At the same time, methods of collage and mimicry are examined as a strategy of survival and refusal for People of Color during the time of the transatlantic slave trade. What are the temporalities of a racialized body, one that is marked by visible and invisible wounds? And what can be healing? Yeye explores memory, traces and notions of a motherland, moving through different levels of video, text and performance. Lois Alexander embarks on space and body as overlapping sites for healing, communing with the divine, and recollecting lost kin.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION, CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE Lois Alexander STAGE DESIGN, LIGHTING Nina Kay MUSIC Shannon Sea COSTUME Sarah Seini Hair Stylist Arrey Zoretta DRAMATURGICAL ADVISORY Liza Rinkema CINEMATOGRAPHICAL ADVISORY Jasco Viefhues VIDEOGRAPHY Kimani Schumann, Diara Sow EDIT Kimani Schumann, Sarnt Utamachote PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Ben Mohai
A production by Lois Alexander in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Thanks to Regina LoMi, Alexandra Hennig, ada studio, Dis-tanz Solo, Fernando Belfiore, Yvonne Sembene, Juri Padel, Lake Studios Berlin, Mateusz Szymanówka, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Christoph Winkler, Barbara Carbonell, Oliver Look and Phase7 performing.arts. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.