HOW A FALLING STAR LIT UP THE
PURPLE SKY



2022
Jeremy Nedd |Impilo Mapantsula
Kaserne Basel

Concept/Choreography: Jeremy Nedd

Performance/Choreography: Sicelo Xaba | Vusi Mdoyi | Sello Modiga | Thomas Motsapi | Sonakele Masethi | Kgotsofalang Moshe | Vuyani Feni | Sibongile Mathebula | Elma Motloenya | Jeremy Nedd

Dramaturgy: Anta Helena Recke

Stage: Laura Knüsel

Lightdesign: Thomas Giger

Audiodesign: Fabrizio Di Salvo | Rej Deproc

Musical advice: Brandy Butler

Costume: Rosa Birkedal 

Production Management: Regula Schelling | produktionsDOCK

Production Assistant: Kihako Narisawa Juliana Simonetti

Western films serve Jeremy Nedd and the Pantsula artists of Impilo Mapantsula as a speculative starting point for new stories and myths. The Western as a film genre makes use of extremely explicit topoi around the hero, the «other» and the vast, empty landscape they both fight over and inhabit. A number of characters and images of these clichés have become deeply imprinted in the collective imagination, but these are certainly not images of Pantsulas. «How a falling star lit up the purple sky» is a dynamic visual poem that proposes a paradigm shift, rethinks the idea of the archetype and hopefully invites a reassessment of the psychic and geographical spaces occupied by the Western, the (Wild) West and the South.

 
 
Photo Philip Frowein