Between April and August 2021

BISMARCK-DECOLONIAL is an activist-performative utopia with artists from Yaoundé, Lomé, Windhoek, Kigali, Dar es Salaam and Hamburg

The Bismarck statue in Hamburg will be restored in 2020-2022 for around nine million euros and once again confronts us with the question of how we as a society deal with German colonial history. Otto von Bismarck, as one of the key figures in the colonization of Africa, still stands uncommented as a colossus in the middle of Hamburg. What is needed here is a collective and decolonizing dissenting voice that initiates a critical discussion.

Therefore, the focus of BISMARCK DEKOLONIAL is the artistic narratives of the people from the former colonies (Tanzania, Namibia, Cameroon, Togo and Rwanda). This enables a necessary change of perspective, because this is the only way to continue the decolonizing process of reappraisal. The central questions are: What do you have to say when you come from the former German colonies and see this huge monument? What art action can decolonize Bismarck?

The project is structured in two parts. In April 2021, preliminary work for joint artistic contributions will be developed in the form of a LAB / FORUM, which will then be presented live in front of the Bismarck Memorial in July 2021. A common dialogue in an OPEN / FORUM outside of Hamburg is made possible via a live stream.

We can't change history, but we can develop more diverse perspectives on how we look at history.

[Artistic director/Curator] Yolanda Gutiérrez
[Assistance Management] Lucia Lilen Heffner
[Dramaturgical collaboration] Anna Sophie Felser
[Artistic consulting] Sarah Lasaki
[Moderation] Zainab X
[Graphik Design] Dr. Calavera
[Website] Uli Mathes
[MIT] Isack Peter Abeneko, Banza Dolph, Vitjitua Ndjiharine, Sarah Lasaki, Chris Schwagga,Stone, Moussa Issiaka,, Calavera among others.

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Ministry of Cultur and Media Hamburg.

After showing projects in the past three years in public space at international festivals such as THEATER DER WELT - 2017, JULIDANS and DIE IRRITIERTE STADT, I have received funding from TANZPAKT = RECONNECT to further expand this type of projects. In terms of content and management structures. With my team we will create a website, booklet, dossier and international cooperation so that projects such as URBAN BODIES PROJECT and DECOLONYCITIES can be shown in Hamburg as well as in Europe and worldwide.
An art-activist-dance intervention in public space to allow other narratives and other voices to speak out in relation to the colonial past of the respective cities in which they take place.

[Concept/Management] Yolanda Gutiérrez
[Dramaturgical collaboration] Tobias Funke/Anna Sophie Felser
[Assistance] Lucia Lilen Heffner
[Artistically assistance/Consulting] Sarah Lasaki
[Coaching] Ebru Nihan Celkan
[Mentoring] Carmen Mehnert
[Graphik Design] Dr. Calavera
[Website] Uli Mathes

Supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the German Federal Government Commisioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative

November 2021

Yolanda Gutierrez has examined three fundamental aspects in various European cities using choreographic works, the concept of decolonization: the personal, the history of the architecture and the historical colonial context of the places. She transforms all of this into the performative body, by examining this time the colonizing body and the colonized body.

Based on the idea that these three concepts are a living archive to generate the content of hr work, this time she forms a team of German and Mexican dancers with very special characteristics to explore the public space in Mexico City.

These narratives have found their way despite the collective imagination that frames the versions of the conquerors and tarnishes the versions of the conquered.

This laboratory opens up a critical and performative space in which the voice and the body can express themselves and questions a colonization that ranges from political to economic to cultural influence until today.

This creative laboratory opens a place for the voice and body to express itself, questioning a colonization that ranges from the political, the economic and, without a doubt, the cultural.

Decolonize your mind! Decolonize your body! Decolonize your city!

[Concept/Director/Choreography] Yolanda Gutiérrez
[Assistance] Andrés Moreno
[Dramaturgy] Antonio Salinas
[Narrators voice] Yolanda Gutiérrez
[Dance] Sarah Lasaki, Moussa Issiaka, Jorge Guillén, Aime Irasema

Ermöglicht durch die Wiederaufnahme-und Gastspielförderung des Dachverbands freie darstellende Künste Hamburg, im Auftrag der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien