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Ntando Cele

›Black Off‹

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THU May 28 + FRI May 29 + SAT May 30
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Blackfacing is a racist theater practice that painfully visualizes stereotypes and biases. Yet even today it can still be found on many theater stages. In ›Black Off‹, the South African performer Ntando Cele turns the tables. Her alter ego Bianca White enters the stage with a blond wig, blue contact lenses and a full ›whiteface‹. In a humorous and at once merciless manner, she shows the predominantly white audience the gazes that Black people are exposed to in the white dominant culture. The Stand-up-Performance-Comedy-Rock-Show ›Black Off‹ confronts white viewers with their own racist (pre-)conceptions and demonstrates that a multicultural society does not automatically possess an intercultural understanding.

CREDITS
IDEA, CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE, VOICE, VIDEO   Ntando Cele MUSIC/COMPOSITION/SIDEKICK   Simon Ho (p)
MUSIC / SIDEKICK   Patrick Abt (guit)
MUSIC   Pit Hertig (dr)
TEXT, CO-DIRECTION, ADAPTION, DRAMATURGY   Raphael Urweider
LIGHT DESIGN   Tonio Finkam
LIGHT TECHNIC, TECHNICAL DIRECTION   Maria Liechti
SOUND DESIGN   Valerio Rodelli
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT   Michael Röhrenbach

Kindly supported by the Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, the Canton Berne Cultural Promotion department, the department of culture of the city of Berne and Migros Kulturprozent.