Nachwort

Liebe Freunde und Freundinnen des Hope Theatre Nairobi,

vor Ihnen liegt eine Theater-Reise durch Deutschland und Österreich, die Sie gemeinsam mit den jungen Künstlerinnen und Künstler nacherleben können. Die Tournee 2015 war mit insgesamt 102 Tagen, 81 Vorstellungen und über 20.000 BesucherInnen die längste, aufregendste, anstrengendste und erfolgreichste Theaterreise der Truppe.

Der Erfolg ist ein wichtiges und wunderbares Dankeschön an die jungen Menschen aus den härtesten Slums Nairobis, die seit Jahren intensiv an ihrer Zukunft arbeiten, er gibt Kraft für Weiters, er ist aber vor allem ein Statement: Armut ist kein Stigma, keine unendliche Wahrheit in den Augenwinkeln der Reichen. Die Menschen auf der ganzen Welt haben Fähigkeiten, Ziele und Themen, vielen fehlt nur die Chance, ihr Leben auch durchzuführen. Viele leben in Armut, weil der Reichtum auf wenige verteilt wird, weil die Ungerechtigkeit keine Kläger hat, und weil wir uns an den Kreislauf aus Armut und Bespendung gewöhnt haben. Die meisten Menschen sind arm, und wenn sie darüber reden, hört ihnen niemand zu.

Dem Hope Theatre hört man zu – das ist wichtig und gut. Und man vergisst schnell, dass sie, die da auf der Bühne stehen, tragische Geschichten hinter sich haben, aus schlimmer Armut kommen oder verfolgt wurden. Denn wir reden nicht über Mitleid sondern über Chancengleichheit.

In der Beziehungsgeschichte zwischen Europa und Afrika wird viel über Nachhaltigkeit, Augenhöhe und Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe geredet.

Genau das schafft diese bildungspolitische Theatergemeinschaft aus Jugendlichen aus den Slums von Nairobi, Flüchtlingen aus Eritrea und KollegInnen aus Deutschland und Österreich. Ein 4-Länder-Projekt also, das bereits langsam durch Burundi erweitert und somit einen weiteren Aspekt Afrikas präsentieren wird.

Das Hope Theatre Nairobi ermöglicht den Dialog zwischen Ländern aus zwei benachbarten Kontinenten unterschiedlicher Chancen.

Ja, es kostet Geld, die jungen Menschen nach Europa zu holen. Aber wie sollen wir sonst Geschichten aus Afrika erfahren, wenn wir die Menschen aus Afrika nicht einladen, von sich zu erzählen?

Ich bin nicht nach Afrika gegangen, um den Menschen dort etwas beizubringen, das ist vermessen, sie können doch alles, diese Menschen haben oft mehr Lebenserfahrung als wir.

Ich versuche mit dem Projekt, Räume zu schaffen, damit sich die Menschen aus afrikanischen Ländern mitteilen können.

Besonders hier im reichen Europa.

Denn besonders hier sollten wir ihnen zuhören,

wenn wir über Afrika sprechen wollen.

In diesem Sinne wünsche ich viel Vergnügen beim Lesen des Reisetagebuchs…

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11th of June

Kwa heri group two. Thank you very much for your great work and all the positive things you contributed to this tour to be a huge succes 🙂 Get home safe……

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watch here the hightlights of Bawo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox754llyXWQ&feature=youtu.be

                           

Thank you Hope Theatre Nairobi for the tour 2015!!!!

For this HUGE success, for all the people and lives you touched, for your input and personal engagement, your hard work, patience, motivation, professionalism, for your positivity, the willingness to discuss and solve problems, for dealing with all that stress without too many complains 😉 for the fun and crazy times, for the very best night in Karlsruhe…. Thank you for everything!

Germany will see you next year! 🙂

10th of June

Eva Luna

This was my very last day of the tour. Somehow that is great and somehow also sad and weird. After such a long time it will be weird without all the people and all the stress…

Well… we started with another school performance, which was great because the students really enjoyed and participated. june 10 (2)Afterwards we had lunch in a China all you can eat Restaurant. And they had Sushi!!! My personal dream came true 😉 The afternoon was free and everyone just rested a bit. I finally managed to do my accounting. Time flew and it was already time for our VERY, VERY, VEEEEEEEERY last performance. It was a show just like always, almost like always… The atmosphere was different; we all knew that this is it. In the very last traditional dance Chiara and I decided to also go on stage and join the final part of the dance. The others didn’t know about it… The audience was very excited and loved the show… and also us we were very excited because this was it.

We ROCKED St. Pölten!

Kwa heri tour 2015! Twendeni nyumbani, twendeni kulala 😉

One last night in our “favourite” small Hotel in Passau and then we go home….


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9th of June

Lucia

It was one of the very best days I spent with Hope Theatre Nairobi:

I was very excited, because we performed at „Bühne im Hof“ in St.Pölten which is quite close to the place I grew up. At this stage I have already performed when I was a teenager! So this place was very special to me.

In the morning at 10 am we had a school performance. Many young people came to see us and the greatest was that my sister could also come to watch the show and some pupils of the „Lernwerkstatt im Wasserschloss“ which is a democratic school next to St.Pölten where I went as a child and also worked for two years before I moved to Stuttgart. It was great to see the teenagers again and to have them on stage too! They are used to be on stage – so every time we asked for people, the Lernwerkstatt kids came on stage 🙂

After the performance my sister took us: Eva, David, Nick and me with her car to my home sweet home where my parents waited with a delicious dessert and coffee.

My little nephews were also at my parent’s house and they loved Nick and David from the very first moment!

This was the beginning of a wonderful and fantastic afternoon: jumping on the  trampoline, playing football, jam session in the „Klangraum“ in the middle of the forest where my nephew’s kindergarten „Waldfexxx“ is placed and a lot of laughing and making jokes and just having fun.

We also went for a 2 hours walk to „Ruine Dürnstein“ which was super great and we walked through the romantic small streets of Dürnstein – the top touristic place in the Wachau!

After that we returned to my parent’s home and the ladies, Suzie, Mwajuma, Milli and Chiara came for dinner! My mother cooked a really tasty dinner – everybody liked it!

The meat was quite Kenyan taste, Milli said – so everything was fine 😉

But still: everybody was tired and exhausted from the whole tour and so the group went back to St.Pölten quite early.

I just booked my train back to Germany and then fell asleep immediately 🙂

What a happy day!!!

enjoy our sound here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4xfSnXozLo&feature=youtu.be

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8th of June

Mwajuma

This is the day we the group B are travelling to Austria for our final shows. The group left Stuttgart at 1 pm. Amir was to come but being that we were going to Austria he was denied departure by the immigration office. Sad story right there. He was sooo sad that being refugee he could not leave. I had spent the weekend with friends in Munich and was picked up there and the journey went on well. We arrive in Austria at around 8 pm and we were pleased to be booked in a very nice hotel. The Metropol Hotel.

7th of June

Susi

It was on a Sunday and everything is always closed down. For me it was a relaxing day the only thing I did was going out to buy credit then went back to the house ate lunch with my host family and watched movies for the rest of the afternoon.

6th of June

Nick

Our Saturday was really nice because my fellow group members were all out and exploring the beautiful city of Stuttgart coz this day was free and we had to rest and walk around. For me I visited some Kenyan friends and we spoke a lot about Kenya and life in Germany and they told me how life is hard in Germany when you live here as a refugee or an illegal immigrant and how it is important to invest back home when you live here for long so that when you go back home you don’t have to start from scratch.

This was like a challenge for me because he told me that a lot of people came here and run away. But it’s very hard to live when you’ve run away coz you cannot get any employment or even any banking transactions coz the police is tracing you and you live like a criminal. In conclusion I learnt a lot about personal characters and how important is to love and live by what you like.

5th of June

David

  1. Auftritt beim Kirchentag: Markt der Möglichkeiten

David

I was in Jagsthausen with Stephan because I had a meeting with him. In the morning I woke up and visited the  Castle of the festival, where Stephan works. I was lucky to see the rehearsals of a play that they were rehearsing (Ronja Räubertochter). After that I went to the train station together with Stephan and started my journey back to Stuttgart. Soon I was there and met with the other cast and went together to where the Show took place. When we reached the Kirchentag venue they couldn’t let us enter insidejune 5 (2) because the inviting person was somehow not there and we didn’t have any tickets that proved who we were. So we had to wait and wait in the heat until Chiara and Eva found the responsible Person to allow us in. Afterwards we got in and went to where we had to perform. Due to being late we immediately started our performance. It was a nice performance and people loved it. We danced in the hot sun, we also met Aluel’s mother (Aluel worked with us in Kenya before). Also our good friend Miri was watching the performance with her parents. Afterwards we took our props and costumes and went back home. Later in the evening we met at Marienplatz because it was the last evening together with the refugees. So we had a party outside and had sooooo much fun together drinking and dancing. I think we entertained the whole Marienplatz. We also invited Larry who joined us in the evening for our little party. We went home very late that night. And everyone was somehow really drunk.

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4th of June

  1. Auftritt beim Kirchentag in der Leonhardskirche Stuttgart

Ann-Kathrin Harter, Diakonie Württemberg

Weltweite Gerechtigkeit zu schaffen ist eine große Aufgabe mit vielen unterschiedlichen Facetten – das wird bei der Veranstaltung der Abteilung Migration und Internationale Diakonie des Diakonischen Werks Württemberg auf dem Kirchentag deutlich. Das Hope Theatre Nairobi setzte tänzerische und musikalische Impulse zu dem Thema. Mit viel Temperament und einzigartigem Ausdruck nahmen sie die Zuschauer mit. Als der Eriträer Amir von seiner Flucht erzählt, wird es ganz still in der Kirche. 13 Tage war er auf der Fahrt durch die Wüste mit 150 weiteren Flüchtlingen in einem LKW eingesperrt, mit 300 Menschen hat der junge Mann auf einem kleinen Boot das Mittelmeer überquert. Seit sechs Monate ist er in Deutschland und träumt noch jede Nacht von der Flucht. „Wie können Regierungen Menschen das antun, dass Mütter mit kleinen Kindern ihren einzigen Ausweg in der Flucht sehen“, sagt er leise. Die Gruppe war ein wundervolles Highlight der Veranstaltung.

  1. Auftritt beim Kirchentag in der Schleyerhalle: Hauptpodienreihe Gesellschaft verantwortet Wirtschaft

Stephan

Prominente Gäste diskutieren zum Thema: Wie viel Ethik verträgt die Gesellschaft: Kailash Satyarthi, Kinderrechtler, Friedensnobelpreisträger 2014, Neu Delhi/Indien / Dr. Bernhard Felmberg, Leiter Zivilgesellschaft, Kirchen und Wirtschaft, Bundesentwicklungsministerium, Berlin / Jens Martens, Global Policy Forum, Bonn / Dr. Uwe Mazura, Hauptgeschäftsführer Gesamtverband textil+mode, Berlin / Dr. Johannes Merck, Direktor Corporate Responsibility Otto-Gruppe, Hamburg / Landesbischof Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Ratsvorsitzender Ev. Kirche in Deutschland (EKD), München / Renate Künast MdB, Vorsitzende Ausschuss für Recht und Verbraucherschutz, Berlin / Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß, stellv. Legal Director European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights, Berlin. Moderation: Angela Krug, Engagement Global, Bonn / Tilman Santarius, Vorstandsmitglied Germanwatch, Gransee. Wir, das Hope Theatre Nairobi und das Refugee Hope Theatre haben viel geprobt und sind gut vorbereitet. Die Aufführung am Vormittag war überwältigen und bewegend. Wir werden es schon schaffen. Ich fahre von den Burgfestspielen Jagsthausen los und werde nicht zum Beginn der Veranstaltung da sein können. Aber ich bin im Herzen dabei und ich bin wahnsinnig nervös. Wir haben schon viel gemeistert, aber 4000 ZuschauerInnen und eine so exquisite Riege an Persönlichkeiten auf dem Podium, das ist eine neue Herausforderung. Als ich ankomme sitzen alle ganz entspannt in der Garderobe. Wie wars? keuche ich. Super (na klar) antworten alle. Der erste der 3 zehnminütigen Auftritte war geschafft: eine zeitgenössische Choreographie zu unserem Song: When I open my Eyes – Musik von Gerd Schuller, damit hatten wir 2013 bereits vor dem Finale beim Tennis-Grand-Prix die Halle gerockt. Der 2. Auftritt war sehr politisch – ein deutsch gesprochener Chor über das Flüchtling Sein – gesprochen von Jugendlichen aus dem Slum von Nairobi und Flüchtlingen aus Eritrea, unterstützt von den deutschen Mitwirkenden der Truppe Chiara, Eva, Lucia, Milli und Judith – das Publikum war beeindruckt. Danach Dandora, ein HipHop Tanz, Musik von Jonathan Strauch, die Texte von Kindern an der Müllhalde Nairobi. Auch das machte Eindruck. Der 3. Auftritt war zum Auslass – traditionell Songs und Tänze aus Kenia. Wir haben geschafft – es ist eine großartige Truppe!!!

 

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3rd of June

Eva Luna

The best way to start a beautiful hot sunshiny day is going jogging and enjoying the nature- the beautiful fields around Degerloch. I really missed that during the tour. After arranging things and relaxing for a while I met Amir at Marienplatz and showed him the beauty of the Karlshöhe. Which he had never seen before, but will visit all the time from now on ;-).

We went for rehearsing at 4 pm but unfortunately there was a meeting with the caretaker the social workers and even the police taking place, this could last a while… and it did! After waiting for a full hour the room was still busy and we decided that the rehearsals will take place outside because for the traditional danceJune 3 (2) we only needed the drums… David directed the rehearsals and Chiara and me we were supposed to leave to make it in time for the Premiere of: „Der Götz von Berlichingen“ in Jagsthausen. With all the hectic from before we were forced to arrange ourselves at the bus stop in Möckmühl, this must have looked very funny for outsiders. It was a beautiful open air theatre and we were blessed with a warm summer night as the theatre was under the stars of this beautiful village. We were happy to see Stephan’s workplace and meet some people there. After enjoying the Premier Buffet and some glasses of wine we had a serious talk with the boss and went to sleep as we had to head back to Stuttgart very early in the morning to be on time for our first show in the Leonard Church.

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