The project “Msonkhano.de/ Begegnungen.mw” (Encounters) was a collaboration between the Hannover theatre collective Fräulein Wunder AG and the Solomonic Peacocks Theatre from Blantyre. The groups jointly produced a play that addressed the question “What do we have in common, what makes us different and what can we learn from each other – cultural, aesthetically and politically?” The artists’ own biographical background served as a source for material, as well as personal encounters with the customs, conventions and art forms in the other culture. Even before rehearsals began, each group decided which events in the other country would be interesting for their encounter and joint rehearsal work. The participants could decide, for example, to attend a classical concert in Germany together or listen to a storyteller in Malawi. The results of their joint theatrical research were presented as an Afro-European production that explored the relationship between Malawi and Germany, and between Africa and Europe.
Furthermore, both groups jointly developed a workshop model of intercultural education for youngsters and young artists. The workshops aimed to familiarize Malawian and German youth with the methods of biographical theatre, narrative theatre, and performative and action-oriented theatre approaches.
Artists: Fräulein Wunder AG: Verena Lobert, Vanessa Lutz, Malte Pfeiffer, Carmen Waack; Solomonic Peacocks: Regina Kaiya, Jimmy Maole, McArthur Matukuta, Talent Phoya, Music: Ben Michael Mankhamba; Production director: Zwei Eulen, Production director (Malawi): Janika Millan