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Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja (Windhoek)

01.11. 17:00 – 18:00

Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst

free entrance

Introduction with Katharina Fink at 4:30 pm in German

No language skills required

  • Rollstuhlgerecht

ONDAANISA YO POMUDHIME (THE DANCE OF THE RUBBER TREE) is a ritual of movement between embodied, spatial and institutional archives. Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja devises an intimate and immersive queer dance imagined at a Rubber Tree but performed in a concrete archive, the museum. He plays a sonic repertoire of silence, noise, love and struggle songs from Southern Africa as a form of resisting the systemic erasure and exclusion of knowledges present on the margins and in the cracks of colonial-nationalist archives. Omudhime (Rubber Tree) is indigenously used in cleansing and memorial moments of border crossing. Fire, salt, spears and marula-seed stones are used to reflect on land dispossession and returning the land to itself. The artist suggests "Odalate Naiteke!" (the fence must break), a slogan used by Namibian protesting contract laborers nationwide in 1971 (when Namibia was under South African rule). There cannot be peace, healing and reconciliation if there is no redistribution and restorative justice.

#Performance / Ritual  #Postcolonialism  #Participation  #Community Building 

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Live Performance Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja & Fellipus Negodhi Illustrations by and with Nambowa Malua Costumes Ismael Shivute & Shuudeni Simeon Drums Molefi Levos Phuroe Keys and Bass Raymond Mapfumira Lead Guitar Samuel Batola Bass Sibusiso Chiloane Guitar, Vocals and Lyrics Jackson Wahengo Instrumentals Elrico Gawanab


Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja is a performer, educator and writer with practice and research interests in embodied and spatial archives in movement formation. Mushaandja is also a PhD artist at the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town studying Queer Praxis in Oudano Archives.   His recent performance DANCE OF THE RUBBER TREE is a cross-disciplinary critical queer intervention in museums, theatres and archives in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and Namibia. He is also involved in curative projects from time to time, such as the John Muafangejo Season (2016/2017), Operation Odalate Naiteke (2018) and Owela Festival (2019).    


Fellipus Negodhi is a final year African Performing Arts student at the College of the Arts in Windhoek, Namibia. His particular interest are in social activism and performance in Community theatre. He has performed in THE BIG GAME improvisation theatre production. His solo performance art project WE BELONG (2018) was performed at Odalate Naiteke. This work reflects on our connection to the the land. Negodhi is part of the ensemble in ONDAANISA YO POMUDHIME (DANCE OF THE RUBBER TREE) since its showcase at Owela festival in Windhoek.

Production and realization

Realization in cooperation with Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst and Goethe-Institut Studio Production Ponti Dikuua