Post-colonial hopelessness meets colonial guilt in a nightmare without borders
Five emaciated, neglected boys from Bariga, a shanty town in the Nigerian city of Lagos, meet a fat, white German man on a white performance surface. The power relations seem painfully clear: we see young African innocence pitted against the gorged Western foreigner, who hands out chocolate to the children.
The meeting between the two unleashes an intercultural exchange, by turns alarming and amusing, unfolding like a horror show full of rousing Nigerian dance and conceptual European theatre. All hope of a 'sorry' is lost in a thirsty performance involving vampires and chocolate, in which it never becomes clear who the winner could be at the end of the day. Who depends on whom? Who is on the make and who is the vampire sucking the other dry?
SORRY is a collaboration between Berlin-based theatre collective Monster Truck and Nigerian choreographer Segun Adefila (The Footprints). Monster Truck, founded in 2005, investigate the images, spaces and structures that influence the subconscious of society. Performances that combine fiction with images from history, politics, media and entertainment.
For SORRY, Monster Truck is collaborating with The Footprints: an arts centre in Bariga (Lagos, NIG), aimed at retaining the rich Nigerian culture and cultural promotion of this shanty town.
‘An ironic play with explosive metaphors.’ - Theater Heute
‘It would be all but impossible to give a more apt representation of neo-colonial exploitation.’ - Theater Heute
‘Monster Truck exposes everyday racism with irony and razor-sharp comments.’ - EZ Stuttgart
artistic directors Monster Truck & Segun Adefila actors Muiz Adebayo, Moses Akintunde, Andreas Klinger, John Lakutu, Ridwan Rasheed, Waris Rasheed artistic collaboration Seun Awobajo sound Alice Ferl light Stine Hertel production Monster Truck and The Footprints of David, Sophiensaele Berlin, Theater Rampe Stuttgart, Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, Goethe-Institut Nigeria
Monster Truck was founded in 2005 at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Gießen. Current members are Marcel Bugiel, Manuel Gerst, Sahar Rahimi and Ina Vera. The group produces theater/performance, scenic installations and video work and in most productions cooperates with other performers, directors, musicians and other project-related specialists. A key aspect of Monster Truck’s work is their examination of images, spaces and structures that influence society’s subconscious just as much as our alleged consciousness. In the deconstruction of these mechanisms and representations, science fiction comes up against images of past eras, Hollywood blockbuster aesthetics come face to face with 19th century vaudeville, artistic convention meets natural history, politics and entertainment. In everything that Monster Truck does, the love of the spectacle and its critical examination are always in balance.
Segun Adefila lives and works as choreographer, director and performer in Lagos, Nigeria. He has studied Creative Arts at the University of Lagos and in 1996 founded the Crown Troupe of Africa, a dance and Theatre Company in Bariga, Lagos state, for which he acts as art director. Today he works in dance, theatre, music and visual arts. His works have been shown internationally in the UK, Trinidad, Tobago and Germany. He has also portrayed the main character in the award-winning documentary “Bariga Boy” by Femi Odugbemi.
The Footprints of David are the young offspring of Segun Adefila’s Crown Troupe. Originally founded in 2005 by Oluwaseun Awobajo with the aim to change people’s view of children from the ghetto, Awobajo started his project with just four children from the neighborhood and now oversees the training of more than forty regulars. Around twenty of them are also offered accommodation in the project. The group has already won several awards and performs around Nigeria at dance and theatre festivals as well as at official occasions and regularly in projects of the Crown Troupe. Several members of the footprints also routinely star in movies and TV productions.