“Jolifanto bambla ô falli bambla”. Say what? Is this Spanish or Afrikaans? No, these are the first two lines from Karawane, a 100-year-old sound poem by the Dadaist Hugo Ball. Hugo and other Dada poets wrote this ‘sound of illogic’ to make us look at things differently. To let us listen.
Now “Karawane” is a school/youth play for children from 10 years. The story:
Haps, Mill and Oeffelt. And Babel. The four of them travel through the world. Haps is new and hasn’t said a word so far. Mill changes clothes more often than Lady Gaga and writes at least 27 letters a day. Nobody knows to whom. Oeffelt catches words and sounds, and works on his lifelong composition. And Babel? Babel asks and asks, and wonders.
They will move on tomorrow. Now they are here. And you are a witness. For one hour. You won’t believe your ears. You will smile, raise your eyebrows and frown. Let yourself be surprised and discover that language does not always has to be understood. Come on in. We have already started.
So, say what?
Karawane is produced by Tamara Schoppert (concept and direction), Karel Hermans (performance), Peter Sijbenga (music) Laila el Bazi (dance), Tatiana Matveeva (dance), Miek Uittenhout (design)
In Friesian theaters
From 9 March (premiere) until 26 April 2018
Second period of playing starts at the beginning of 2019
Campaign image: Jelle Post
9 March 2018 Friday