18:00 WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER, LILLE CARL, DANSEHALLERNE
17:15 SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER, LILLE CARL, DANSEHALLERNE
WHOOMP THERE IT IS. Shaking, bouncing, body waving, kneeling, crawling and beatboxing. Bodily material exploring the edges of where its representational limits have been marked.
Is this a parody, a re-enactment or even a homage?
For “WHAT.YEAH” Joana Tischkau investigates hypersexualized images of black bodies in popular culture. She ponders on the potential for resistance, which the reproduction and deconstruction of stereotypical gestures and movements bear, but also acknowledges the representational limits that have been set through the concept of racism, otherness and exoticism. Tischkau deliberately references to other contemporary choreographers who have investigated otherness, body deformation and transformation, asking in what way her black female body is able to escape contextualization, identity and provoke unfamiliar images.
Until the age of 26, Joana Tischkau had not received formal training in dance but rather used any social and recreational opportunity to move. Tischkau learned in community youth centers, clubs, discos and your next-door neighborhood dance school. However in 2010 she decided to study Dance at Theatre at Coventry University in the UK and continues her studies at Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen where she is currently enrolled on the Choreography and Performance MA program. As an artist Joana works interdisciplinary to make humorous works that explore her own socio-cultural and ethnic hybridity pointing towards issues of racisms and feminism.