Poetry Jazz: Wax and Gold. Films

Making of Poetry Jazz: Wax and Gold

Films by Clara Jo

Clara Jo documented the workshops and concerts for the long-term Poetry collaboration between the Institut für Raumexperimente (Berlin) and Tobiya Poetic Jazz (Addis Ababa). As a filmmaker, she focused on the sensual and aural qualities in the participants’ physical and linguistic search for common vernacular expressions, particularly lending her eyes and ears to the gaps of literal translation. In these artistic making-of films, she follows the rehearsal and production process and offers a glance behind the scenes to the dynamics between stage and audience.

Poetry Jazz: Solid Gold (2019)

Director: Clara Jo; Featuring: Frezer Admasu, Eric Ellingsen, Mihret Kebede, Robert Lippok, Nebiy Mekonnen, Jorga Mesfin, Neo Muyanga, Solomon Sahle Tizazu, Rike Scheffler, Misrak Terefe, Rediet Terefe Wegayehu, Tasew Wendem Mose, Christina Werner.

Poetry Jazz: Solid Gold, a film by Clara Jo

Poetry Jazz: The Rehearsal, a film by Clara Jo

Poetry Jazz: Wax and Gold, a film by Clara Jo

These films are part of the poetry series Poetry Jazz: Wax and Honey, I’m Home by the Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin; in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; in dialogue with Tobiya Poetic Jazz, Addis Ababa; choreographed by Christina Werner; supported by the Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago; Co-financing Fund of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin. Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

A-B-A-B-A: from here to hear (2016)

Director: Clara Jo; 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.

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

Roter Salon. A-B-A-B-A: from hear to here, a film by Clara Jo

These films are part of the event series A-B-A-B-A : from hear to here as part of Acting Archives, a project initiated by Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin University of the Arts together with the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University. The project is choreographed by Christina Werner and Eric Ellingsen; realized together with Palais Wittgenstein at Roter Salon at Volksbühne Berlin and the Alliance Ethio-Française d’Addis-Abeba. It is supported by Studio Olafur Eliasson and funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.