Monster Truck (DE) / The Footprints of David (NG)

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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


80 minutes