Imagination Office takes you on a journey, searching for expressions besides language and categories we use to communicate our values and believes. Zandile Darko shares her personal approach of a transformation process, leading from deconstruction, in which frames of references and categories dissolve, to a decolonization of our minds.
Concept, Performance and Text: Zandile Darko
Dramaturgical Advice: Claude Jansen
Videos, Photos: Freya F. Röbbert
Rehearsed and developed at ArtEZ Arnhem and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte
What happens if the system of language which determines our perception of the world around is deconstructed? How do we frame our experiences? How does our perception of what we consider “normal” change? The system of shared values and believes, our world view is challenged. New questions arise. Who is eligible to speak? Who is heard?
and Concept: Zandile Darko
Text: Kurt Schwitters' URSONATE
Outside Eyes: Ananda Cavaliere, Alina Fishzon
Video: Mathis Menneking
Special thanks to Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte und LISPA
Premiere: 6th July 2016 Eden Studios, Berlin
Showings: 17 and 18 September 2016 Atelier Freiraum1 at Festival "Kulturfestival Hamburg Neustadt: Drunter und Drüber", Hamburg
5 March 2017 Scriptings, Berlin
30 September 2017, Atelier Freiraum1, Hamburg
"Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, kwii Ee
dll rrrrr beeeee bö
dll rrrrr beeeee bö fümms bö...“
Beginning of the "Ursonate" by Kurt Schwitters,
In: Schwitters: Anna Blume und andere 1985, S.394.
We are excited to bring our first major production Fall Prettier to London! 25-30 June at The Space Theatre.
Written by Therese Ramstedt
Directed by Zandile Darko and Therese Ramstedt
Interdisciplinary creative collaboration Wet Paint was formed by London-based international artists Therese Ramstedt and Zandile Darko in 2018.
"They deliver a compelling piece that fuses comedy with the dark and primal story, drawing a jarring comparison between the modern world and its mythical counterpart"
★★★★ Broadway World UK
"Bold, innovative and totally ruthless in its mission to tell its story, Fall Prettier is definitely a show you can watch multiple times, taking something different with each viewing."
★★★★ Within Her Words
"...in just under sixty minutes, we hear some very fine a cappella singing, occasionally laugh at the way women are treated and are reminded of how even in the most difficult circumstances people can resist.” British Theatre Guide (no star rating)
H.K. was created in 2015 during a workshop with Family Flöz in Berlin and was first introduced to a live audience at the Flöz Academy in the beautiful monastery San Giusto in Tuscany, Italy. In 2016 and 2017 H.K. was part of an Exhibition at Atelier Freiraum in Hamburg (Neustadt Kulturfestival Drunter und Drüber).
H.K. recently starred in video work at Berlin Art Week 2019 in the project space Scriptings and in London in the Karma Sanctum Cinema.
H.K. has become known to a wider audience through live performances in Rome close to the Via Appia, in Bad Hersfeld on an outdoor stage and at the Regent's Canal in Camden, London amongst others.
Continuously travelling the world, H.K. is always witnessed by a camera.