A joint creation with choreographer Jared Onyango

Every morning they walk to work. Walking itself is work. They are all walking. Somewhere. In Nairobi to the Matatu, in Berlin to the U8. People, goods, circulate in Nairobi, circulate in Berlin. Many try to avoid walking alltogether. The Kenyan-German dance production JUA KALI by Jared Onyango and Lea Pischke investigates the daily walking behaviour of citizens in Nairobi and Berlin and poses the question in which way a city’s own political conditions can influence such a typically human activity. In JUA KALI, bodily locomotion is taken up as a universal motif and examines its inherent conditions as a singular experience of collectivity.


Choreography: Jared Onyango, Lea Pischke
Dance: Jack Bryton, David Pallant, Lea Pischke
Sound Design: Lea Pischke, Ron Bracht
Lighting Design: Reinier Martínez Badilla
Costumes: Alice Fassina
Tailoring Performance, Berlin: Alice Fassina
Tailoring Performance, Nairobi: Gilbert Kadenge Baya
Props, Berlin: Adil Hüsrev Tepe
Props, Nairobi: Meshack Oiro Mak Ong’onga
Production: Dominik Feistmantl
Tour Management: Rania Mavriki, Cultopia
Video Documentation, Berlin: Michela Filzi, Valentin Braun
Video Documentation, workshop Nairobi: Mohamed Ayieko

Music Sources:
Sound of Nairobi – The city’s sound archive
Field recordings: Lea Pischke, Jack Bryton
Voice recordings: Jack Bryton, David Pallant
Sewing machine

Supported by the International Co-Production Fund of the Goethe- Institut, the Capital Culture Fund Berlin and Goethe-Institut Kenia.
The tour was supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Touring Fund Dance International,
funded by the Commissioner of the German Government for Culture and Media.

In cooperation with tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg, Goethe-Institut Kenia, Kuona Trust Nairobi,
Theaterhaus Schöneweide and Streetware Saved Item.