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Spoken Word

Words are a form of movement. They can shake us up, change us, shake us. They can mirror - me, you, us! They can help us to understand ourselves and others better. They can move us forward.

In Even At The Risk, Melanelle B. C. Hémêfa, Ana Lucão, Josephine Papke, Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo, and TRVɅNIɅ present their texts: Spoken Word, the spoken word, not the written word, gets space this evening. The word that wants to move, that glides from me to you, from you to us, and itself creates a space. The word that is a risk.

For how can we speak of the diversity of being black in Germany? Of the multilayeredness, ambiguity and multilingualism? Against the pressure of attributions that reduce everyone to unrecognizability. How does one bring out the rebellious word, which alone is the truth of one's own experience? How does one bring it out, although it can be misunderstood? When understanding is the goal and being understood is the power against pressure.

And if Audre Lorde had not had the courage to take the risk - would we have?

"I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood."

It must be spoken - we rely on the spoken word!

"It's a blues in black and white, 1/3 of the world dances, the other 2/3 they celebrate in white, we mourn in black."

And as May Ayim's words advance in their own frequency, so we seek our rhythm today, resistant and contrary. The spoken word, its rhythm, is the movement that brings us together. We present new texts, because, it must be spoken, made verbal and shared!

Melanelle B. C. Hémêfa, Ana Lucão, Josephine Papke, Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo and TRVɅNIɅ.

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