Skull X (Schädel X), English Version (Flinn Works)
Thousands of human skulls from the fromer colonies are lying in the basements of German universities and museums. Some of them were taken from the corpses of killed "insurgents". These skulls were brought to Germany as trophies, scientists examined them in order to substantiate theories of race. 100 years later, more and more demands are being made for their restitution to their descendants.
A skull forms the centre of this lecture-performance. Two biographical stories revolve around it. They lead from Germany to Tanzania, across archives, consulates and battlefields, from colonial history to the present and into the skull of each audience member. With historical documents and sound files, they connect to a (post-)colonial odyssey between science, politics and theatre.
Trigger warning: This performance contains reenactment of anthropological practices and historical texts from the colonial era which are racist.
International geeignet: Die Debatte um Human Remains aus der Kolonialzeit wird global geführt und ist politisch brisant.
Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universität, Campus Nord, Philippstr. 13, Mitte, 10115 Berlin
Concept, Research, Performance: Konradin Kunze
Direction: Sophia Stepf
Sound Design: Andi Otto
Video Design: Jürgen Salzmann
Technique: Marcello Lussana
Production Management: ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro
Interviews with Mnyaka Sururu Mboro, Isaria Anael Meli, Upendo Moshi & Gerhard Ziegenfuss a.o.
A Flinn Works production in co-production with Sophiensæle. Funded by Senate Department of Culture, by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., by the Hesse Ministery for Science and Art and by the cultural office of the city of Kassel.