Theater performance

Englisch and different Ugandan Languages (Luganda, Ateso, Rukiga and Lusoga) with German subtitles

8.9.2021  21:00 h  TICKETS

PRICE Preseale & Box Office 19 € / 12 € (reduced) (Advance ticket plus charges)

Alte Feuerwache, Bühne



Romeo and Juliet in Kampala

Theater performance by bridgeworks and fred – Freies Ensemble Düsseldorf

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The tragic story of Romeo and Juliet for the first time in an Ugandan-German version, combining both German theatre styles and Ugandan storytelling. Percussion elements, breakdance fights, a shift in language: all this provides a new look at such a well-known play and an understanding of the content on a different level.
The audience is led through the world and the tragedy of the two lovers by a great physicality of the production.

Romeo and Juliet in Kampala translates the material into contemporary Uganda, one of the poorest countries in the world. Is a young woman in Uganda free to choose her husband? What value does a human life have in a society where many people have to fight for survival every day? Performances in Uganda took place in November 2019 in Uganda's capital Kampala, including at the Uganda National Museum, as well as on the roof of the Goethe Institute and as part of a school performance.

Participants in the production include Uganda's best-known break dancer Abraham "Abramz" Tekya, theater poet Kagayi Ngobi, percussionist Ejuku, staged by Düsseldorf director Simon Eifeler. The production arose from a meeting of German and Ugandan artists during a cultural project in Kampala in 2018, organized by the association bridgeworks. bridgeworks promotes international cooperation in the artistic field. The aim of this and other bridgeworks projects is to drive transnational networking instead of compartmentalization and to initiate dialogues between cultural spaces in order to break down stereotypes and prejudices. With the help of theater, dance and music, social visions of the future are to be developed, and diversity and pluralism are to lead to an artistic added value.
We will also be showing the production between September 13 and 24 as part of 2-day workshops at various schools, such as the Erich Gutenberg Vocational College in Cologne.

DIRECTOR Simon Eifeler and Kagayi Ngobi | MUSIC Ejuku | CHOREOGRAPHY Abraham "Abramz" Tekya | COSTUMES Isabell Ziegler | WITH Kifuko 'Key' Moreen Drichiru, Byamukama Bryan Powerz, Kagayi Ngobi, Abraham "Abramz" Tekya and Ejuku | SUPPORTED by Fonds Darstellende Künste #TakePart NEUSTART KULTUR  | NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste | Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen  | NRW Landesbüro Tanz COOPERATION africologneFESTIVAL