Kunstsalon VISION

I samarbejde med Bikubenfonden inviterer Teater Grob til Kunstsalon VISION. Her mødes skuespiller og kunstnerisk leder af Black To Normal Marie-Lydie Nokouda med Ytasha Womack, forfatter og ledende ekspert i USA inden for kunstretningen ’afrofuturisme’, til en samtale om Nokoudas praksis. Afrofuturisme er en videnskabs- og historiefilosofisk kunstretning, der udforsker krydsfeltet mellem afrikansk diasporakultur og teknologi, science fiction og utopier. Denne kunstneriske arbejdsmetode giver mulighed for at forestille sig alternative afrokulturelle fremtidsbilleder. 

Marie-Lydie Nokouda har stor spændvidde som skuespiller, men det er som initiativtager og leder af den nye kunstnerplatform Black To Normal, hun især går nye veje. Med Black To Normals kunstneriske undersøgelser ønsker hun via intense skriveforløb at skabe et nyt scenekunstnerisk udtryk i Danmark: den sceniske afrofuturisme. Det er den første kunstneriske platform i Danmark, der inden for dramatik og skuespil arbejder målrettet på at opdyrke og synliggøre skjulte talenter blandt people of color – med særlig fokus på afrodanskere. 

Marie-Lydie Nokouda er udpeget til Bikubenfondens Artistic Practice program for særligt lovende kunstneriske praksisser. Som en del af programmet arrangerer vi en interviewsalon, der har til formål at undersøge den udvalgte kunstners særlige tilgang til kunsten og det potentiale, der ligger heri. Kunstneren vælger selv sin interviewpartner i forbindelse med salonen.

Samtalen finder sted på Teater Grob og foregår på engelsk.

OM MARIE-LYDIE NOKOUDA
Marie-Lydie Nokouda (f. 1981) er en afrodansk skuespiller uddannet fra Teaterskolen ved Aarhus Teater i 2013. Hun havde sin debut i forestillingen ’SNE’ på Husets Teater i 2014 og har siden haft roller i mange teaterforestillinger, heriblandt ’Katalog Over Kommende Katastrofer’, ’QUEENS’ og ’I Nat Kommer Krigen Hjem’. Hun medvirker i Netflix-serien ’Kastanjemanden’, og kunne i efteråret 2021 opleves på Husets Teater i forestillingen ’Mit Arbejde’.

I 2021 præsenterede hun med Black To Normal ’Afro To The Future’ på Teater Grob. ’Afro To The Future’ er performative readings, der præsenterer ny dansk dramatik iscenesat med afsæt i afrofuturisme. Disse readings vender tilbage til Grob igen den 25. og 26. november, 2022 under titlen “Holberg Goes Black”.

OM YTASHA WOMACK
Ytasha L. Womack er en amerikansk prisvindende forfatter, filmskaber, uafhængig forsker og danseterapeut. Hun betragtes som USA’s førende ekspert i afrofuturisme og holder foredrag om den og dens anvendelser over hele verden. Hendes bog ’Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture’ (Chicago Review Press) er den førende bog om emnet og bruges aktivt verden over i undervisning på gymnasier og universiteter. Bogen er blandt finalisterne til en Nonfiction Locus Award, som læserne af science fiction- og fantasymagasinet Locus årligt stemmer om.

Ytasha Womack er instruktør af den afrofuturistiske dansefilm ’A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago’. Hun er resident i Black Rock Senegal under ledelse af den berømte kunstner Kehinde Wiley. I 2019 var hun i residency hos Kickstarter og i 2018-2019 var hun forfatter-in-residence hos Emerson College i Boston. 

Ytasha Womack er en produktiv forfatter. Hun står bag tidsrejseserien ’Rayla Universe’, herunder ’Eartha 2198’, ’Rayla 2212’ og ’Rayla 2213’. Hendes afrofuturistiske novelleserie ’A Spaceship in Bronzeville’ (Mouse Books) blev skabt under hendes ophold hos Kickstarter. Hun er også forfatter til faglitteraturen ’Post Black’ (Chicago Review Press) og ’Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop’ (Random House). Hun er forfatter på forlaget Megascope, hvor hun skaber aftryk dedikeret til spekulativ fiktion i tegneserier, og hendes grafiske roman-epos ’BLAK KUBE’, illustreret af Tanna Tucker, debuterer i 2022.

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YTASHA WOMACK

Ytasha L. Womack is an award-winning author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist. She is a leading expert on Afrofuturism and lectures on the imagination and its applications across the world. Ytasha was honored among DesignHub’s 40 Under 40 designers for social good and innovation in 2017 and listed as a Filmmaker to Watch in The Chicago Tribune. Her book “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture” (Chicago Review Press) is the leading primer on the subject and taught in colleges and universities. “Afrofuturism” is also a Locus Awards Nonfiction Finalist. She is an inaugural resident with Black Rock Senegal helmed by celebrated artist Kehinde Wiley, was a creative in residence with Kickstarter Spring 2019 and was a writer-in-residence with Emerson College in Boston Fall/Spring 2018-2019. A prolific writer, her books include the time travel series the “Rayla Universe” including “Eartha 2198,” “Rayla 2212” and “Rayla 2213.” Her Afrofuturism novella series “A Spaceship in Bronzeville” (Mouse Books) was created during her creative in residence with Kickstarter. She’s also author of the nonfiction works “Post Black” (Chicago Review Press), and “Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop” (Random House). She’s an inaugural author with Megascope, an imprint dedicated to speculative fiction in comics. Her graphic novel epic “BLAK KUBE,” illustrated by Tanna Tucker, debuts in 2022. Ytasha is director of the Afrofuturist dance film A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago. 

The film was televised on WTTW Chicago and screened at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn; Black(s) to the Future Festival in Paris, France; the Reeltime Film Fest in Nigeria, Afrotopia in Bristol England and the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago among others. The film won Best Experimental Film at the Collected Voices Film Fest. Her other films include the romantic comedy Couples Night (screenwriter) and the documentary Tupac: Before I Wake (coproducer). Her feature films Love Shorts (producer/writer), and The Engagement (director) were nominated for Best Film at the American Black Film Festival. She was nominated for Best Director for The Engagement at the festival as well. Ytasha created and leads an Afrofuturism dance therapy program for teens and adults often providing workshops to high schools, corporations, and museums. Ytasha has lectured at a number of universities, festivals, and futurist conferences. She gave the closing keynote address at PRIMER 19 and was a featured speaker at MIT’s Beyond the Cradle, The Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de St. Etienne in France, Sonic Acts Festival in Amsterdam, the Deutsche Kinemathek ‘s Science in Fiction in Berlin, the WOW Festival in Liverpool, and the Acheworks Chicago Series among others. She’s an invited participant in the Decolonizing Mars Unconference at the Library of Congress, keynote presenter for the Afrofuturism; Indigenous Futurism Conference at the University of North Caroline Chapel Hill, and a keynote speaker for Planet Deep South at Jackson State University. She’s also presented at Duke University, University of Chicago, Clark Atlanta University, Yale University, The New School, Chicago State University, The City Colleges of New York and others. She created and moderated the University of Chicago’s Afrofuturism Symposium, a partnership with the Oriental Institute and the Gray Center for Arts; Inquiry. The event had a special focus on Time Travel and Ancient Egyptian and Nubian art’s influence in comics and Afrofuturism. She’s a frequent speaker and artist presenter at Comic Cons and science fiction conferences across the US. She’s a two time guest of honor at Convergence Con and a Guest of Honor at Diversicon in Minneapolis, MN. She also co-curated the “Black to the Future Afrofuturist Playlist” with recording artist Janelle Monae for Spotify. Ytasha began her career as a journalist covering arts, entertainment and business. She is guest editor for the business magazine NV Magazine; a former editor-at-large for Upscale Magazine and former columnist for the Chicago Defender. Her work has appeared in Essence, VIBE, The Huffington Post and more. A Chicago native, she has a B.A in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and studied Arts, Entertainment and Media Management at Columbia College in Chicago. She has a Masters Certificate in the study of Metaphysics and New Thought Philosophy from the Johnnie Colemon Institute.
https://www.ytashawomack.com/

About Marie Lydie Nokouda, Danish Actor and Initiator and Artistic Director of BLACK TO NORMAL.

BLACK TO NORMAL is the first artistic platform in Denmark that purposefully works to cultivate and make visible hidden talents within drama and acting, which are found among people of colour, with a special focus on Afro-Danes. In drama, she is actively looking for new voices who, through an intense writing process, are being helped to develop new drama. Within acting, diversity on stage is emphasized and the talent pool that exists is made visible.

The artistic Platform BLACK TO NORMAL presents Afro To The Future at Teater Grob, Copenhagen (June 10-11, 2021). Afro To The Future are performative readings that present new Danish drama in a staging rooted in Afrofuturism. Marie-Lydie Nokouda is an Afro-Danish actress educated from the theatre school at Aarhus Teater. She debuted in the performance SNE at Husets Teater and has since had roles in many theatre performances, including Catalog Of Coming Disasters, QUEENS and Tonight the War Comes Home. Marie-Lydie participates in the Netflix TV series Kastanjemanden and this autumn she can be seen at Husets Teater in Copenhagen in Liv Helm’s production of Olga Ravn’s novel Mit Arbejde.

Marie-Lydie Nokouda is a promising artistic practice. As an actress, she is exciting with a musical physique and originality. She has a wide range of and a flair for heavy, dramatic roles, as well as sensitive, subtle interpretations, and also invites a skewed comedy. 

But it is as the initiator and leader of the new artistic platform Black To Normal that Marie Lydie Nokouda in particular is undertaking new paths. Marie Lydie’s artistic study with BLACK TO NORMAL is to create a new performing arts expression in Denmark – the scenic/staged Afrofuturism, which is strongly inspired by Afrofuturism. Marie-Lydie’s big ambition with BLACK TO NORMAL is to bring Afro-Danes in Danish performing arts into greater focus. It’s about drama written by blacks with diversity on stage. In a Danish context there is an untapped potential here. With BLACK TO NORMAL she wants to give the stage and the audience a stronger, and broader diversity of expression, create relevant theatre that ‘people of colour’ can reflect in,and not least to work continuously with.

A special attention is to give children and young people of non-white Danes the opportunity to meet the performing arts to a much greater degree than today. The Bikuben Foundation

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