Co-produced and co-commissioned by CTM and HAU Hebbel am Ufer, this special three-night event premieres a new major performance piece by NON Worldwide titled "The Great Disappointment."
Founded by Chino Amobi, Nkisi, and Angel-Ho, the NON collective, whose multifaceted, holistic campaign of critique has quickly achieved widespread recognition over its two years of existence, groups together artists and producers from Africa and the international African diaspora into an independent digital nation state. It de- and re-territorialises club music as vessels through which to confront head-on colonial heritages and the ensuing "visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society and… distribute power." In addition to the music it distributes, NON spreads its directed political mission via a battalion of art forms – graphic design, video, visuals, fashion – that facilitate an immediate, unambiguous process of identification and help to create a alternative public space that is as specific as it is large-scale.
As a group of people sharing a common struggle with the daily aftermath of colonialism and the pervasive reach of marginalisation, the project of NON is a call to arms, and as such, its propaganda is urgent, aggressive, even militaristic in concept. Yet for its members, this attitude is only a part of what is ultimately a process of restoration and reinvigoration.
NON’s showcase at CTM 2017 will provide an opportunity to present some of the initiative’s protagonists, including acclaimed choreographer Ligia Lewis, Embaci, DJ Lady Lane, dancers Justin F. Kennedy and Jonathan Gonzalez, and artist/director Ariel Efraim Ashbel, alongside its founders in person (non-digitally) and using its full array of identifiers and exponents. The show employs nationalist rhetoric and celebrates the glory of the NON State through a vacillation between traditions. Club music will consistently interrupt the scripted performance.
Dedekind Cut, who was previously announced, will not participate in the project due to unforeseen circumstances.
NON Worldwide present The Great Disappointment is a commission and production by CTM Festival in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).