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Live performance and live stream from Ringlokschuppen Ruhr // In the context of Claiming Common Spaces III
Language: English, French and German
Free entry! You can find the stream here on the page.

In the storms of the present, somewhere between pandemic, climate crisis and the virus of racism, the old Noah’s Ark has flown apart and stranded on its mission to bring creation safely through the planetary deluge. Only its helmsman and the Ark’s band, which, as with the sinking of the Titanic, never stops playing and continues to fuel the voyage/fantasies even after the shipwreck, are still there. But the rest of the crew, last ambassadors of the earthly/human species shortly before its collapse, was lost on the way, scattered to the winds, is no longer to be seen. In a large performance ritual somewhere between street dance theater and space opera, the band and its helmsman therefore set out to re-establish contact with those scattered across the globe, to get the ark going again and to reassemble the crew on it.


The project IST DAS EIN MENSCH, a multi-year collaboration between kainkollektiv, Zora Snake Compagnie (Cameroon) and Njara Rasolomanana (Madagascar), began in 2018, when the pandemic halted the final rehearsal process at the Ringlokschuppen and drove the ensemble apart in lockdown. Now, parts of the artists* return to the Ringlokschuppen to continue their search for a planetary HOMECOMING at the other end of the pandemic, with their fellow artists* scattered at the other ends of the world.


Four theaters – namely Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, FFT Düsseldorf, Kampnagel Hamburg and tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg Berlin – stream the production together and send the Ark on another journey.

You can find the stream here soon!

The internationally working artist team kainkollektiv was founded in 2004 by Mirjam Schmuck, Fabian Lettow and Alexander Kerlin in Bochum. Since then, kainkollektiv has primarily researched, developed, compiled and staged its own texts, scenarios and performances, installations, exhibitions and theater productions. Again and again, the collective deals with the primacy of the present over the past or the future. The contemporary is not treated as a mere attribution in their works, but is itself up for disposition: “We have to reinvent the present until it releases what has been swallowed up by it in the past and the future!” kainkollektiv constantly works on its own opening, dispersion and expansion through closer or looser involvement of different artists*, groups and houses. For its theater work, the kainkollektiv has been awarded the Spitzenförderung Theater NRW by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia since 2012. It also received conceptual funding from the Fonds Darstellende Künste for the years 2015-2017 and was awarded the George Tabori Nachwuchsförderpreis in 2015. 
Zora Snake
Zora Snake company was founded in 2013 by Cameroonian dancer, choreographer and performer Snake. The company explores the struggle for the freedom of being and the individual obstacles that limit it. In a spirit of anger, sadness but also hope. Zora Snake works on projects in theaters and public spaces, in dialogue with other artists* from around the world. Snake is the founder of the International Festival “Modaperf” in Yaoundé, won among others the competition “Acogny d’Or” with the 1st place and the competition “Africa simple the Best 2019” in the category “Best Solo Artist” in Burkina-Faso.
Njara Rasolomanana
Njara Rasolomanana is from Madagascar and lives in Finland. He studied arts management and has 20 years of experience in international arts project management. Among others, he was the artistic director of Danceteam International Oy in Finland from 2013 to 2018. Njara is the creator of the annual festival BATTLE4PEACE in Madagascar, Finland, Belgium, Tanzania and Cameroon, and the hip-hop dance and world music festival AMBONYAMBANY in Madagascar. Its partners in Finland include the City of Helsinki, the Ministry of Culture and Education, and the Helsinki Festival.
Von und mit
Abdoulaye Abdoul Oumate, Alexandra Tivig, Armin Leoni, Calvin Yugye, Catherine Jodoin, Edith Voges Nana Tchuninang, Fabian Lettow, Fanny Clementine Abega, Florian Lauss, Hannah Busch, Jonas Wiese, Mariette Nancy Nko, Michael Bohn, Michael Wolke, Mirjam Schmuck, Marie Siekmann, Nicolas Fionel Moumbounou, Kerstin Pohle, Nils Voges, Njara Rasolomanana, Patrick Ravelomanantsoa, Pélagie Alima, Phillip Bille, Rasmus Nordholt, Valery Ebouele, Wilfried Lekemo Nakeu, Zora Snake
Eine Koproduktion vom Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, FFT Düsseldorf, tak Berlin und Kampnagel Hamburg. Gefördert im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. Gefördert im Fonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes, durch das Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, durch das Goethe Institut Kamerun, das Goethe Center Madagaskar, im Rahmen der IKF Förderung des Goethe Instituts, die Kunststiftung NRW und das NRW KULTURsekretariat. Die digitale Version ist gefördert vom Sonderförderung Digitale Performance und Livestream der Kunststiftung NRW.