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BE.BOP 2016 Performance/Parade: "The Black Parade: Let's liberate!"by Jeannette Ehlers. World Premiere


InfoFree Entrance; Park in front of Volksbühne


This parade is part of the installation "The Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice", by Danish-Trinidadian artist, Jeannette Ehlers. As a subtle tribute to Marronage, this public intervention forms part of the three-day event “BE.BOP 2016. Black European Body Politics. Call & Response” taking place right now at Volksbühne. The installation, a big black balloon floating in front of Volksbühne theatre contextualizes the idea of protest, counterculture and empowerment on a super simple but intense manner in form of a huge black balloon floating in front of Volksbühne during the entire event accompanied by call-and-response music.
”One love, one aim, many destinies. The Black Parade: Let's liberate!“, is the motto of a parade of 300 hundred black balloons that carries the spirit of the “The Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice” into the heart of Berlin and its colonial-racist presences. We pass Rosenstrasse, where during the Nazi dictatorship, women protested the detention of their Jewish husbands based on the racist anti-miscenegation laws which can be traced back to similar laws of 1907 in today's Namibia, a former German colony in the African continent. The parade leads through the city’s center to the newly rebuilt Berlin castle, where a museum of an iconic German “non-European collection” of looted objects is in the making, resonating with the protests by numerous Berlin-based groups who criticize the negation of the colonial legacies and its continuities.
A crucial, long due intervention against the denial and violent erasure of colonial crimes and their historical continuities! Let’s liberate us from the destructive burden of self-proclaimed Western Christian heteronormative patriarchal hegemony and white supremacy! Today more than ever.

One love, one aim, many destinies. The Black Parade: Let's liberate!
A Call & Response Exercise by Jeannette Ehlers in Resonance with Julia Roth

Produced by Art Labour Archives for Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and curated by Alanna Lockward, BE.BOP 2016. BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS. CALL & RESPONSE. will take place from 1 to 3 June in Berlin at Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz, sponsored by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung – bpb) and organised in cooperation with AfricAvenir International e.V.

Also taking place in Copenhagen from June 5-7 sponsored by the Danish Arts Foundation, this festival is organized by Art Labour Archives, a decolonial transdisciplinary and indisciplinary curatorial initiative based in Berlin. Since 2012, BE.BOP has had an international impact through presentations in major cities across three continents.

In English with simultaneous translation into German and Spanish.
Festival Ticket 25 € / 15 €  Reduced
Day Ticket: 10 € / 6 € Reduced
Single Event: 6 € / 4 € Reduced

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