A-B-A-B-A : from here to hear. A film by Clara Jo

26 October 2016 / Acting Archives, Collaboration

A-B-A-B-A : from here to hear. A film by Clara Jo

“Poetry Jazz” is the name for a particular style of performance poetry in Ethiopia fusing poetry and jazz, recitation and improvisation. The film A-B-A-B-A : from here to hear presents the eponymous experimental project series with artists from Berlin and Addis Abeba. Working together, they have created contemporary expressive styles in this tradition: Amharic, German and English poetry is combined with traditional Ethiopian music, jazz beats and contemporary electronic music. The film follows the participating artists from stage to stage and traces their various influences as well as the challenges of reacting with the “Wax and Gold” principle of the spoken word to the issue of the free expression of opinion.

These series of events are part of the project Acting Archives initiated by the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments), Berlin University of the Arts, together with the Ale School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa University, funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, supported by Studio Olafur Eliasson. Hosted by Volksbühne Berlin (July 2014) and the Alliance Ethio-Française d’Addis-Abeba (February 2015).

A-B-A-B-A : from here to hear; a film by Clara Jo; 2016
Featuring: Gashahn Abateneh, Eric Ellingsen, Mihret Kebede, Erica Licht, Robert Lippok, Nebiy Mekonnen, Abebaw Melaku, Jorga Mesfin, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Bekele Mekonnen, Rike Scheffler, Misrak Terefe, Christina Werner, Uljana Wolf, The Moseb Traditional Music Band, Addis Ababa.

These film is part of the project Acting Archives initiated by the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments), Berlin University of the Arts, together with the Ale School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa University, supported by Studio Olafur Eliasson, funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

A-B-A-B-A : from here to hear; a film by Clara Jo; 2016