That, Around Which The Universe Resolves:
On Rhythmanalysis of Memory, Times, Bodies in Space
Chapter 1 Lagos
At QDance Centre 13 Manuwa Street, Lagos
With Sunday Israel Akpan, Hauke Heumann, Qudus Onikeku, Qdance Center, Monika Gintersdorfer, Franck Edmond Yao alias Gadoukou la Star
Collaborators Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, QDance Center, Njelele Art Station, Hebbel am Ufer, FFT Düsseldorf, Kampnagel
Artistic direction Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Curation Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger, Saskia Köbschall
Ojuelegba, Ojuelegba ,For Ojuelegba; Lagos city, Surulere, ogoro center, For ojuelegba, for ojuelegba Moto dey come from south, Moto dey come from north, Moto dey come from east , Moto dey come from west, And policeman no dey for center, Na confusion be dat-o
The Lagos chapter ofThat, Around Which the Universe Revolves involves a series of performative interventions in and around Ojuelegba, the famous Lagos intersection which is literally the heart of the city, whose beat propels and animates all of Lagos’ rhythms, distributing information, bodies, desires, knowledge and capital into the city at regular intervals. Ojuelegba literally translates as the “eye” or “shrine” of Elegba, and used to function as a place whre sacrifices were made to Eshu Elegbara, the Yoruba deity and trickster who conveyed information between this earthly and the celestial sphere. In the song Confusion, Fela Kuti pays tribute to the incredible complexity of this space, which functions as a vortex for all the flows within Lagos, being the key of all transport nodes, but also the centre of the ingenuity and zealousness of Lagos’ informal economic activities. Artists were invited to engage with the complex rhythms of this crucial space, in order to investigate Lagos’ temporal and spacial dimensions, seen through the interrelations between the body, rhythm and urban structures.
Funding The project is funded by the TURN fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.