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The Martin E. Segal Theater Center presents

next...II (Mali/Island)

At the Segal Theatre Film and Performance Festival 2024

A film by

Janne Gregor

Dance, Documentary, Performance Art, Other



Running Time



Year of Release

Island, Mali, Germany

English, French, Bambara


About The Film

In the film project next...II (Mali/Iceland) two dance artists in the diaspora enter into a dialogue through performative video letters; Charmene Pang and Kettly Noël.
Kettly Noël, a Haitian, has built one of the most important dance centers in West Africa for over 20 years in Bamako. Charmene Pang, born in Geneva and raised in her Hong Kong family, dances in Erna Ómarsdóttir's company in Reykjavík.
For both of them, drastic changes in their lives are imminent, which they discuss artistically. Their stories are always closely related to the continent on which they currently live, its landscapes, soil, layers of earth and climatic conditions, which could hardly be more different: One country shrinking, the other expanding - Earth plates drifting apart and the desert displacing.
Movement, change of place and isolation. What does this mean for them and their relationship to the ground on which they move? What for their work as artists? What does the soil reveal about the land and what does it say about its culture? And what structures do they offer to find each other in dance in a digital exchange across continents?

Credits Artistic Direction: Janne Gregor, Artist Bamako: Kettly Noël, Artist Iceland: Charmene Pang, Camera Bamako: Salimata Tapily, Camera Iceland: Omra Harding, Music: Moritz Thorbeckebased on the song „Vex“ by Sigrún including Ngomi tracks played by Yacouba Sissoko and voice tracks by Sigrún, Editor + Advice: Lutz Gregor, Production: Sina Kießling, Iceland location scout: Dísa Hulda Árnadóttir, Revision Subtitles: Anke Nehrig, Nora Amin Thanks to Thomas Schaupp, Arnbjörg María Danielsen, Nah Kamaké, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Oumou Diarra, Nassiga Coulibaly dit Coumba, Kolo Traoré dit Tènin, Mariam M. Traoré, Mariam K. Traoré, Fatoumata Traoré, Maminata Traoré, Yaya Traoré, Boubacar Gakou, Djelika dit Mama Traoré, Amberscript, Anti Logic Mastering. Research Phase 2021/ 22: Created in the context of GOETHE MORPH* ICELAND, with the support of the Goethe-Institut. Project Realisation 2022: Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Minister of State for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.

About The Artist(s)

Janne Gregor

Janne Gregor born in Berlin, is a choreographer, performer and was a team member of the steering group of the dance mediation centre Berlin. She studied physical theatre and completed her MA Choreography at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin – HZT in 2017. Her intergenerational and interdisciplinary works have been shown at various theatres since 2006: e.g. Nordic House Reykjavík/Iceland, Radialsystem, TD Berlin, Donko Seko Bamako/Mali, Houseclub des Hebbel am Ufer – HAU Berlin, LOFFT Leipzig, Junges Staatstheater Braunschweig…, Junges DT/Deutsches Theater, Schwankhalle Bremen, Fringe Festival/Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Orangerie Köln, Tanzfabrik, Tanzkomplizen, Theater o.N., Uferstudios Berlin.

As a performer she has worked with, among others: Marina Abramovic, Joan Jonas, Micha Purucker, Willi Dorner, Kiriakos Hadjiioannou, Michael Vogel (Familie Flöz), Theater Duisburg, Theater Strahl Berlin, Consol Theater Gelsenkirchen, Jule Gruner (Schauspiel Dortmund).

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