next…II (Mali/Iceland)

In September at The Nordic House Reykjavík:

Artists, curators, and thinkers in Iceland, Germany, Kenya, and Mali have been asked to engage with the central question of Goethe Morph* Iceland: How we always wanted to have lived. Throughout Spring and Summer of 2022, their projects will focus on (re-)imagining the times we live in  – considering issues of decolonization, memory, embodiment, and entangled living. Public performances, conversations, lectures, and workshops will be a key component of most projects – taking place online, as well as in Iceland and Kenya.

The growing body of thoughts and ideas will coalesce in September 2022, when the different artistic explorations and approaches of Goethe Morph* Iceland come together at The Nordic House in Reykjavík. In exchange with one another, a public social space will be created to collectively envision and discuss ideas of a post-crisis now. To imagine a world beyond catastrophe, beyond today’s toxic cocktail of status quo and eruptive turmoil. It may well lead us toward utopian fairy-tale escapism. But is it not, to paraphrase the words of Walter Benjamin, for the sake of those without hope that hope is given?


In the video dance project next… II (Mali/Iceland) the dance artists Charmene Pang and Kettly Noël will enter into a dialogue through performative video letters. Situated in different countries on different continents, Kettly Noël in Bamako, Mali, and Charmene Pang in Reykjavík, Iceland, the artists engage with the soils of the two countries, which could hardly be more different. One land is expanding, another is shrinking – melting glaciers and the growing desert.

Encompassing different aspects of their country, the unifying themes of the two artists include: the temporality of soil, layers of earth, layers of ice, movement and relocation. Both moved years ago to the respective countries they live in – what does this mean for them and their relation to the soil they move on? What interests the two about soil? What does it tell about the land and what does it say about its culture? And what structures do they offer in order to find interaction through dance within a digital exchange across continents?



Künstlerische Leitung und Choreografie Berlin: Janne Gregor
Künstlerin Bamako: Kettly Noël
Künstlerin Island: Charmene Pang
Kamera Bamako: Salimata Tapily
Kamera Island: Omra Harding
Musik: Moritz Thorbecke & Tracks von Sigrún Jónsdóttir und Yacouba Sissoko
Beratung + Schnitt: Lutz Gregor
Dramaturgische Begleitung: Thomas Schaupp
Produktionsleitung: Sina Kießling

created in the context of GOETHE MORPH* ICELAND, with the support of the Goethe-Institut

Unterstützt durch das NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ – STEPPING OUT, gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen der Initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.



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