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Eine afrodeutsche Nachkriegsstory

Unauthorized is a form of generational survey and deals with Afro-German realities of life in the Federal Republic of Germany. The focus is on the life stories of those who were born to Black US soldiers and white German mothers in the post-war years.


These stories are framed and shaped by exclusion and official racism in the Federal Republic. But they are also, and above all, stories of resistance and community building.

Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen go into the archives and shed light on the racism and sexism of the FRG, which is also responsible for families being separated and children being taken away from their mothers. And in Mannheim and Berlin, they explore how society dealt with the so-called occupation children and, of course, let them have their say.

The team talks to contemporary witnesses about their family histories and biographies from growing up to the beginnings of the more recent Black movement of the 1980s. Because in order to understand current debates about identity and racism within and outside of Black communities in Germany, we also need to know this part of our history.

Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen bring the state of their research and excerpts from conversations to the stage as a walk-in installation and create a space for confrontation and exchange in order to celebrate moments of disruption of the Federal German Stuffiness of those times.

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Cocept, Text: Simone Dede AyiviStage: Mirjam PleinesVideo: Jones SeitzComposition, sound: Johannes BirlingerLighting: Frieder MillerPress and public relations: Sarah RosenauProduction assistance: Charlotte RosengarthDesign assistance: Luca PlaumanProduction management: ehrliche arbeit - freies KulturbüroTechnical management: Gefährliche Arbeit

A production by Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen in co-production with Sophiensæle and the Stadtensemble of the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.