• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 8.–17. March 2018
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (US)
  • Séancers
  • Wednesday 14, 21:00–22:00
  • Thursday 15, 21:00–22:00

“Explosive and penetrating ”
– Americantheatre.org

“What does it mean to defend the dead? To tend to the Black dead and dying: to tend to the Black person, to Black people, always living in the push toward our death?”
– Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

Setting the fugitive existence afforded black people alight with majesty, opulence, and agency, Séancers is a performance work that collapses lyrical poetry, psychic movement forms and strategies of discursive performance to investigate concepts of black magic, resurrection, and paranormal activity. Interrogating issues as diverse as American history and terrorism, Séancers journeys into the surreal and fantastical states of the black imagination as it traverses the “fatal” axis of abstraction, illegibility, identity, and gender multiplicity. The work locates itself inside a spiritual, emotional, and theoretical world, with live performances by sound artist Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and a special guest artist-theorist who will help frame the public viewing of each performance.

  • European premiere
  • Afterwords after the performance on March 15 with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Emma-Lee Kasbergen and Thomas Prestø

Originally from Detroit, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American curator, producer, poet, choreographer, and performance artist currently based between Philadelphia and New York City. His work in performance practice is rooted in a creative mission to push history forward through his writing and socio-political art making. Kosoko is a 2017 Princeton Arts Fellow. His previous piece #negrophobia was presented at Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2017.

  • Creation, concept, and installation design: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
  • Dramaturg: Emily Reilly
  • With Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Special Guest Emma-Lee Kasbergen and Thomas Talawa Prestø
  • Sound design, Engineering and Performance: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
  • Lighting design: Serena Wong with Megan Lang
  • Project Manager: Kimya Imani Jackson
  • Residency support from Abrons Arts Center, Bennington College, Casa Na Ilha Art Residence in Brazil, FringeArts, pOnderosa Movement and Discovery, and Haverford College.
  • Performance Doulas: Imma Asher, M. Lamar, Jennifer Kidwell.
  • Poetry & Text: ‘Power’ by Audre Lorde, ‘Heelz On’ and ‘Entertainer’ by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Ruby Sales’s monologue from ‘Where Does It Hurt’, On Being with Krista Tippett.
  • Associate Costume Design and Fabrication: Simone Duff. Video Installation Editor and Director: Andrew Amorim.
  • Video Installation Performers: Imma Asher and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko.
  • Research Assistant and Assistant Stage Manager: Alyssa Gersony