Our pilot art laboratory in Kampala, Uganda took place from 11.02.2018 - 25.02.2018 and was a great success.
A brief overview of the facts:
Over a period of two weeks we were able to bring 12 Ugandan and 9 German participants to the art lab. The participation was completely free. In addition, we were able to pay a small daily allowance, so that the expenses on the participant side were minimal.
The individual departments music, dance and theater were supervised by the Ugandan-German facilitator tandems.
We were able to present the result of the art laboratory, the production "Shades" 3 times in Kampala in front of about 500 people.
The whole project was professionally documented by Patrick Waldmann with the camera.
The music department was able to compile, compose and record a total of six songs over the period.
Summary of the process:
All German facilitators and the team were able to travel to Kampala a few days earlier to meet with the Ugandan partners and schedule the art laboratory. The Ugandan side was responsible for choosing the topic. Thus, with much patience and knowledge the German facilitators were incorporated on the topic "Womanhood" and the 3 sub-themes "Entebbe Killings", "Momdads" and "drug abuse in the art scene". Content was discussed, approaches discussed and detailed procedures created. Differences and similarities of the topic in the two cultural contexts were elaborated and discussed in an account. At the end, a detailed schedule of the next two weeks and the stated goals of the project was written down.
On Sunday, the German participants arrived and on Monday morning the art laboratory was officially opened.
The first week we spent with the generation of content. The participants created individual monologues which served as the foundation for the rest of the week. Based on this basic choreographies, pieces of music and in the theater department longer monologues on the subject were worked out.
On the participants' side, the mood was very good, the energy was impressive and the creative output was very high.
At the end of the first week, successful working relationships and friendships had been established.
Saturday evening and Sunday were free. Some German and Ugandan participants and facilitators made their way to Jinja, some visited the source of the Nile. Others stayed in Kampala over the weekend or did a short safari.
The second week was used to refine the created solo scenes and to try out first group scenes. The individual elements were arranged thematically in order and condensed more so more to a performance.
On Friday evening we presented excerpts of the piece on the roof of the "Goethe-Centre". As part of platform talking heads, we discussed our approach, presented bridgeworks as an organization, and discussed controversially with the audience about "Woomanhood" in Uganda and intercultural ways of working. There were about 80 people in the audience. On Saturday evening, the premiere took place in "Theater La Bonita", an old, run down but cozy cinema with a very idiosyncratic lighting technology. The premiere went very well and was seen by about 300 people. On Sunday afternoon there was a performance for all ages in a slightly shortened version in the "Sharing Youth Hall" in front of about 150 people.
Then the first art laboratory was officially ended.
It should not go unmentioned that the implementation of our pilot project involved a total of 45 people, without whom it simply would not have been possible. Whether on, behind, next to the stage, in front of computers or at meetings of the association, at meetings on site and crisis talks, in rain (Germany) and in sunshine (Uganda).
In short: We have made it and thus here, to us, to you, to all: Thank you very much!