Choreographic Coding Production Lab in Nairobi

A new opportunity for international exchange in Summer 2017.

13 Mar 2017 – 30 Jun 2017

Auditorium Goethe Institut Nairobi & Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt

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The Choreographic Coding Production Lab Nairobi/Frankfurt is a new and unique format and a collaboration between NODE17, Motion Bank and the Goethe Institut Nairobi. It brings together four artists from Kenya and four Germany based artists for a collaboration and exchange on the NODE17 topic of ‘Designing Hope’. Unlike the usual Motion Bank CCLs, where artists spend a week to share knowledge and discuss their practices at the intersection between contemporary dance, performance and technology, the artists have been collaborating for several weeks to develop a collective project for NODE17.
The interdisciplinary artistic team of choreographers, performers, directors, writers and designers start their shared process in a two-week working phase in Nairobi in March and continued their collaboration in Frankfurt just before NODE17.

Invited Artists

Alacoque Ntome

Artist, Performer, Theatre Maker

Nairobi, Kenya

Alacoque is a performer and artist who uses movement and dance in his work to create, teach, invent, critic, and open forums. He also applies movement and dance for therapeutic purposes. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Amelie Hinrichsen

Artist, Craftswoman, Designer

Berlin, Germany

Amelie Hinrichsen is an artist and designer currently living and working in Berlin. From 2013-2016 she was a research associate in the Einstein research project 3DMIN (Design, Development and Dissemination of New Musical Instruments) at the Berlin University of the Arts. After accomplishing an apprenticeship as a carpenter Amelie completed her studies in Product Design at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2012. With her final project aus(sen)atmen she won the DMY Young Talents Jury Award in 2013. Among others, Amelie was involved in the RLF transmedia art project working for Friedrich von Borries. She has been teaching at the HZT Berlin as well as UdK Berlin. Amelie’s work ranges from film over product- to interface design reflecting the relationship of sound, movement and materiality. Combining theoretical research with practical experiments she investigates how these elements can inform personal physical experience especially within a performative context.

Awuor Onyango


Nairobi, Kenya

Awuor Onyango is a Nairobi-based writer, artist, photographer, filmmaker and gallerist. Her practice is concerned with claiming public space disallowed to people considered black, woman and other, whether the space is intellectual, physical, in memory or Historical. She’s currently exploring the transgression, shame and discomfort of the black feminine.

Benjamin van Bebber

Choreographer, Performer, Theatre Maker

Hamburg, Germany

Benjamin van Bebber works as director, performer and dramaturge. Having completed studies in musical-studies and philosophy he currently studies stage direction in musical theatre in Hamburg. In his work, he focusses on the exploration of collective working-processes in the context of musical theatre and the voice as a medium for experimental and intimate encounter.

He is part of the artist network cobratheater.cobra and co-founder of the collective “Institut für angewandtes Halbwissen”. His work has been shown at Kampnagel/Hamburg, Opera Stabile/Hamburg, Ballhaus Ost/Berlin and Theater Bern (CH).

Else Tunemyr

Choreographer, Dancer

Frankfurt, Germany

Else Tunemyr works in dance and choreography. Born in Sweden she now lives in Frankfurt, Germany. At the moment Else is  finishing her Master in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen. She is engaging in different collaborations, sometimes as a dancer and sometimes as a maker, often without clear distinction. She is interested in choreography which challenges the way of viewing  dance performance, and to distance the movement from the one who is moving to ever so slightly shift a sense of will. 

Leo Hofmann

Composer, Performer, Sound Artist

Hamburg, Germany & Bern, Switzerland

Leo Hofmann (1986, DE/CH) composes and performs for music theatre, sound performances, and experiments with audio drama formats. His work focuses on the voice as an aural and performative event, as well as the search for haptics and physicality in music. His solo pieces as composer-performer playfully deal with new musical interfaces and were featured at many international festivals. Additionally, his work includes music for theatre productions, radio pieces, and sound installations.

Melisa Allela

Artist, Creative Coder, Designer, Educator

Nairobi, Kenya

Melisa A. Allela-Njagih merges in her work knowledge in animation, illustration and graphic design to create digital art projects that explore the retelling of personal narratives. She applies experimental animation techniques that fuse various tools and technologies. Her work has been shown at the Nairobi Digital Art festivals organized by Goethe Institut Nairobi, the Nairobi Performance series, Afrika Film festival in Leuven and at the Screendance Africa Dance on Screen Festival in Wuppertal. Melisa teaches Interactive Media Design courses at the Technical University of Kenya, Department of Design and Creative Media where she is also a PhD candidate. Melisa holds a Master of Arts Degree in Design from the University of Nairobi and in previous engagements, worked as a graphic designer, character designer and animator.

Jared Onyango

Choreographer, Dancer

Nairobi, Kenya

Jared Onyango, based in Nairobi, Kenya, is a dancer and choreographer whose interest is in the body as necessary material for attaining desired physical knowledge and experience.  He uses dance, photography/moving images and writing as mediums to express and explore his ideas. He received the Pina Bausch Fellowship For Dancers and Choreographers 2016. For the Pina Bausch Foundation 2016 fellowship he worked with Francesco Scavetta at Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts in Sweden / Norway last year. He is the pioneer of Waridi Projects Nairobi, a dance group based in Nairobi. Waridi Projects Nairobi conducts dance and choreographic activities that creates occasions for networking and collaboration with local and international artists.

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Jeanne Charlotte Vogt

CEO, Festival Director, Team Young@NODE