Bouizedkane, Jerat, Konaté, Reimann, Wolff

Elfenbein – Annäherung an fleischloses Erbe

Erbstücke Performance Theater 2022/23

What visible and invisible legacies do we carry around with us? There is the difficult legacy of a one-metre elephant’s tooth, which until now has been leaning against the paternal kitchen cupboard. The grandfather shot the elephant on safari in 1971 and proudly brought home this trophy of white patriarchal arrogance. His narrative has been passed down, but who was the elephant? Who were the hunting companions?

The heiress now wonders: What to do with this heirloom? This is the occasion for an artistic search for responsibility in a society whose colonial heritage still resides in museums, cellars and bodies. Where does this tooth belong? What does the colonial heritage do to those who inherit it? How does one show it?

The performers  with ancestors in the global South and North  seek a way of dealing with inherited coloniality. Between mourning rituals, family tracing and speculative science fiction, they want to make fleshless heritage tangible and fabricate stories where white, patriarchal archives leave empty spaces. They approach decolonisation in a way that can be experienced emotionally and sensually. They are each searching for an attitude, a view of the tooth and its time.

Audience discussion afterwards

Duration: 1 h 30 min.


Concept & Performance: Aziza Bouizedkane, Aïsha Konaté, Isabelle Reimann, Svenja Wolff

Dramaturgy & Outside Eye: Jasmin Jerat

Video: Vanessa Opoku

Stage: Eliza Goldox

Costume design: Lina Mayer

Lighting design: Iana Boitcova

Sound: Johannes Bode

Production Assistant: Raha Emami Khansari

Costume Assistant: Vanessa Fuguero

Production management: Svenja Wolff

Documentation: Gernot Wöltjen (Doctales)

Photos: Emma Essbach 

A production by Bouizedkane/Jerat/Konaté/Reimann/Wolff in co-production with LOFFT – DAS THEATER and Theaterwerkstatt Pilkentafel

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR, the City of Leipzig – Cultural Office, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Erhard Friedrich Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.

An event in the context of the 30th anniversary of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.

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