Gifty Wiafe, a young woman from Ghana now living in Germany, lights up the stage with her unique blend of humour, heart, wit and truth. She dances, tells stories, plays drums and sings. “Of course” -some Europeans quickly conclude- “that’s in her blood somehow, isn’t it?” But Gifty Wiafe begs to differ! A modern intermediary between cultures and continents, she takes us on a roller-coaster of a personal and intercontinental journey.
“… courtesy of a wonderful script by Petra Kindler, Wiafe’s prowess at storytelling was evident as she conjured humorous anecdotes on diverse issues ranging from religion, imported food, visa problems, migration, gender issues, snow, traffic offences, e-waste, culture shock, traditions and spirituality.”
“…a remarkably clever piece of comedy that reminds us of past experiences alongside issues that currently confront us.”
“…though- provoking without being preachy while exposing uncomfortable truths about the world.”
(Daily Graphic, Accra)
PRESENTED AS PART OF FIRST FORTNIGHT EUROPE FESTIVAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOETHE-INSTITUT IRLAND
It’s in the Blood?! is a collaboration between Tete Adehyemma Dance Theatre, Ghana, and multi award-winning Cactus Junges Theater in Münster, Germany. This joint venture operates under the name SISIMBOM, which is Ghanaian (Twi) for “putting to sea together”.
The play’s Director, Barbara Kemmler, founded Cactus Junges Theater 25 years ago and has been its Artistic Director ever since. Her main priority has always been on inter cultural work and on professional engagement within international contexts and project collaborations, i.e., Congo, Kenia, Ghana, Norway, Poland and other countries.
Petra Kindler has been working with the company as a playwright and dramaturg since moving from Germany to Waterford in 2000. Cactus commissioned her to produce both a German and an English-language script for It’s in the Blood?!. The German version of the play has been touring Germany since September 2016 to unanimous critical and audience acclaim and remains in high demand. A tour across Ghana in 2017 proved equally successful.
- Gifty Wiafe: Performer
- Barbara Kemmler: Director
- Petra Kindler: Script / Dramaturgy
- Frank Sam: Choreography
- Henry Nyadiah: Stage / Lighting Design
- Ralf Emmerich: Photographer