The House of the Falling Bones

Germany  / South Africa  / Namibia

The idea is as fascinating as it is promising and highlights a chapter in German-Dutch colonial rule and its consequences for Southern Africa. The Hamburg band Kante, the South African music and spoken-word collective Khoi Khonnexion and the Namibian singer Nesindano Nunu Namises have set out on a search for the fairytales which were brought to South-West Africa by German and Dutch settlers and were then retold and adapted to local customs. Cinderella transforms into a bird, talking bones fall through the chimney, and the ghosts of German soldiers still wander around. An encounter of stories, sounds and music in which past and present meet. Fascinating, enchanting and,  at times, distressing. (ron)

Artistic direction and cast

MitFlorian Dürrmann, Michael Mühlhaus, Alex- ander Paulick, Peter Thiessen, Sebastian Vogel (Kante), Glen Arendse, Jethro Boetman Louw, Garth Erasmus (Khoi Khonnexion), Nikola Duric, Nesindano «Khoes» Namises
RegieNikola Duric
Gedichte & TexteNesindano «Khoes» Namises
Transnationale VermittlungClaude Jansen
KostümeRuth May
Œil extérieurAnta Helena Recke
ProduktionOlaf Nachtwey
ÜbertitelungAlexander Paulick (Übersetzung), Glen Arendse (Übersetzung), Nesindano Namises (Übersetzung), NN (Operator)
FotoRuth May


KoproduktionInternationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel Hamburg, Münchner Kammerspiele, FFT Düsseldorf, Greatmore Art Studio Kapstadt, Zürcher Theater Spektakel
FörderungFonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes und Kulturbehörde Hamburg
PremiereInternationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel Hamburg, August 2018


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2 hrs


German, English, Afrikaans, Nama, with English and German surtitles

Post-Performance Talk

Sat 1.9.

An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair with subtitle with inductive hearing loop



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