Jua Kali

Every morning they walk to work. The walking itself is work, they all walk somewhere, in Nairobi to the Matatu bus, in Berlin to the underground station. The waves of people, the human queues, the masses that carve their way into the map of a city, day after day. Many try to avoid walking, inventing a job closer to home, recycling the work of others, breaking the cycle.

The Kenyan-German dance production JUA KALI by Jared Onyango and Lea Pischke examines the daily walk of citizens in Nairobi and Berlin and inspects how the unique socio-political conditions of a city can influence such a typically human activity. In JUA KALI, bodily locomotion is taken up as a universal motif, as a paradox of both unity and solitude within the midst of a group.



Choreography: Jared Onyango, Lea Pischke
Dance: Jack Bryton, David Pallant, Lea Pischke
Sound Design: Lea Pischke, Ron Bracht
Lighting Design: Reinier Martínez Badilla
Costumes: Alice Fassina
Tailoring Performance: Alice Fassina (Berlin), Gilbert Kadenge (Nairobi)
Prop: Adil Hüsrev Tepe (Berlin), Meshack Oiro Mak Ong'onga (Nairobi)
Production: Dominik Feistmantl
Tour Management: Cultopia
Video Documentation: Michela Filzi, Valentin Braun (Berlin)
Workshop Documentation: Mohamed Ayieko (Nairobi)


Music and Field Recordings:
• Sound of Nairobi - The city's sound archive
• Field recordings: Lea Pischke, Jack Bryton
• Voices: Jack Bryton, David Pallant, Lea Pischke
• Sewing machine

In co-production with:
Goethe-Institut Kenia, tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg

Supported by the International Co-Production Fund of the Goethe-Institut, the Capital Culture Fund Berlin and Goethe-Institut Kenia. Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Touring Fund Dance International, funded by the Commissioner of the German Government for Culture and Media.

The costume design was made possible thanks to a cooperation with Streetware Saved Item

With residencies at:
Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Theaterhaus Schöneweide / Förderband Kulturinitiative Berlin, the streets of Nairobi, the streets of Berlin


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