Monster Truck & The Footprints

“Their new, tightly choreographed production touches and moves the audience from the very first moment (…) Monster Truck exposes everyday racism with irony and razor-sharp comments.”

(EZ Stuttgart, 2016)

Postcolonial guilt and disenchantments intertwine in this collaboration between German theatre collective Monster Truck and Nigerian choreographer Segun Adefila. Five Nigerian boys come across a heavyset white German man who offers them chocolate. This encounter sets in motion an alternately terrifying, amusing, and fascinating intercultural exchange that unfolds in an exciting contemporary Nigerian dance performance on a white and limitless stage.

In a fictional scenario laced with humor and irony, a parody of Hollywood horror films, an African-European attempt to meet on equal terms fails miserably. Nigerian choreography and German post-dramatic theatre intermingle as the boys and man enact asymmetrical circular dynamics of power and struggle. All hope for repair and the word “Sorry” dissolve in a vat of chocolate, shedding any real meaning and intention, leaving the audience unsure who emerged triumphant and who was defeated/won and who lost.

Founded in 2005, German theatre collective Monster Truck examines images, spaces, and structures that influence society’s subconscious. The collective creates shows where science fiction comes up against images of past eras, juxtaposing artistic conventions, natural history, politics, and entertainment.

In Sorry, Monster Truck collaborates with The Footprints of David project – an art center founded in Bariga, Lagos state in Nigeria, aimed at preserving and promoting the rich Nigerian culture and changing people’s view of children from Bariga ghetto. Nigerian choreographer, director, and performer Segun Adefila works with these children as part of the center’s activity.

Concept and direction by Manuel Gerst & Sahar Rahimi and Segun Adefila

Cast: Muiz Adebayo, Moses Akintunde, Andreas Klinger, John Lakutu, Ridwan Rasheed, Waris Rasheed

Dramaturgy by Marcel Bugiel

Artistic collaboration: Seun Awobajo

Lighting design and technical management by Stine Hertel 

Sound by Alice Ferl

Production: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture

With the support of Goethe-Institut

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