Okwui Okpokwasili I Peter Born BRONX GOTHIC (New York City)


Practical information

Performance in English
Reservation required
18 € / reduced 9 €

Event overview

BRONX GOTHIC is located at the intersection of theatre, dance and visual art installation and gives palpable force to the charged relationship between two girls who grew up in the Bronx in the 80s. The director and performer Okwui Okpokwasili developed BRONX GOTHIC in collaboration with director and designer Peter Born. BRONX GOTHIC creates a fictional world, around a young girl’s coming of age, with storytelling influenced by epistolary novels and contemporary griots. Now, choreographer, dancer and performer Wanjiru Kamuyu embodies the piece with a new energy. Through a combination of movement, songs and written correspondence, BRONX GOTHIC deals with the universal experience of a body in transformation. How do any of us contend with the multiple conditions that are always present in one body? In language that is by turns blunt and poetic, crudely funny and incantatory, Okwui Okpokwasili conjures and probes this adolescent friendship, a jumble of insults, anger and love.

Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn based performing artist working at the intersection of theater, dance and installation. In partnership with collaborator Peter Born, Okwui Okpokwasili creates multidisciplinary projects. They include "Bessie" Award winning PENT-UP: A REVENGE DANCE"Bessie" Award winning BRONX GOTHIC, POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM, WHEN I RETURN WHO WILL RECEIVE ME ADAKU’S REVOLT ectIn the last few years, Okwui Okpokwasili has been working on SITTING ON A MAN’S HEAD a collaborative, improvisational sonic praxis with multiple artists inspired by the precolonial embodied protest practices of Southeastern Nigerian women

Peter Born works as a director, composer and designer of performance and installation work, most recently in collaboration with Okwui Okpokwasili on their installation POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM (SOLO).

Artist talk after the performance on 2.11. with Andrea Lissoni, Peter Born and Wanjiru Kamuyu (in English). 

A cooperation between Haus der Kunst and SPIELART theaterfestival.