bodyRealities – cityCodes

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bodyRealities – cityCodes (2017)

The new production "bodyRealities – cityCodes" deals with the complex structures of the ghanaian capital Accra and its inhabitants.

In its two-year dance and video art production bodyRealities, the DIN A 13 dance company examines the impact that places, landscapes, and locations of personal experience have on individual body memories and how these spaces are reflected in physical movement.

Together with film authors Miriam Jakobs and Gerhard Schick, choreographer Gerda König traced these contexts already in Sri Lanka in 2016.

Now the research has led the artistic team to the African metropolis of Accra in Ghana. In the urban areas of the sprawling city, they find rural structures in informal settlements organised with their own administration. These slum settlements extend along a river front, a railway track or a street of high-rise buildings, where the values and products of globalization seem unattainable for a majority of the population behind the shiny glass façades. The attempt to understand the city and its people inevitably leads to a confrontation with past and modern-day slavery, the consequences of colonization and globalization. Accra is a melting pot of past and present consisting of different ethnic groups, languages and cultures.


  • Artistic Direction/Choreography: Gerda König
  • Film: Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick
  • Dance: Mark Nii Lomo Lomotey, Alfred Quarshie
  • Music: Frank Schulte
  • Costumes: Ellen Afriyie Anim
  • Stage Design: Alexandra Tivig
  • Lightning: Gerd Weidig
  • Dramaturgy: Anika Bendel
  • Co-Choreography: Gitta Roser (Outdoor-Performance)
  • Choreographic Assistant: Sara Blasco
  • Video technology: Cristina Moreno (Stage Performance)
    Jürgen Salzmann (Outdoor-Performance)
  • Public Relations: mechtild tellmann kulturmanagement
  • Production Assistant in Ghana: Michael Oppong Takyi
  • Production Assistant in Germany: Anna-Rebecca Thomas
  • Creativ Producer: Anika Bendel

A production of VisAbility e.V., in cooperation with DIN A 13 tanzcompany, TanzFaktur Köln, PROJEKTRAUM.west Karslruhe.

Media partner:; StadtRevue
Funded by Landschaftsverband Rheinland, the Ministry for Culture and Science of the country Northrhine Westfalia, the Cultural Office of the city Cologne, Aktion Mensch, ArtsFoundation NRW, Kämpgen Foundation, Goethe-Institut Accra and iDAS nrw.


bodyRealities – cityCodes

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Im Herzen von more
von Thomas Linden,
Kölnische Rundschau,

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Zwischen Glamour und Slums, Pedro Obiera

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Foto © Meyer Originals
© David Schmenger
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