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A performative essay about the uncomfortable confrontation with our colonial history.Based on James Baldwin's essay "Princes and Power," the author and theatre maker Ogutu Muraya asks how we can deal with the complex colonial legacy that, until today, continues to shape artistic and social perspectives in a variety of ways. In 1956 Baldwin accompanied influential black thinkers to an international congress on decolonization. As a contemporary witness, storyteller and theorist, Muraya simultaneously creates a collage of literary texts, historical film and photo footage, alongside personal memories of the violence and unrest in Kenya that he experienced during his youth. He creates a poetic space in which seemingly contradictory fragments unite; an invitation to acknowledge shared history and to face uncomfortable truths.
Composition Ogutu Muraya performance Jörgen Gario "Unom" Dramaturgical, direction assistance Esther Mugambi and Noah Voelker Initial research with Nele Beinborn With advice from Nicola Unger + Andrea Božić Filming, Editing CitéNOIR Toured by Veem House for Performance
A production by DAS Theatre. Special thanks to Roland Albrecht, Akira Milan, Lena Graber, Dirk Verstockt, Edit Kaldor, Muthoni Garland and Al Kags