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JOSEPHINE BAKER- Mirror and Shadow

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JOSEPHINE BAKER- Mirror and Shadow

Étoile Chaville

Work-in-Progress Showing

Josephine Baker – Mirror And Shadow is a research project exploring a symbolic connection between Josephine Baker (1906-1975) and Étoile Chaville (1982-). 

Both artists are of African descent, dancer-singers and have French citizenship. 

However, seventy-six years separate them and their lives have unfolded in very different socio-economic contexts.

What connects them? Which struggles had to be overcome in Josephine Baker’s time and are still relevant today for women who don’t fit neatly inside a box? Built as a dialogue between past and present, Josephine Baker – Mirror And Shadow questions stereotyped images around races, gender or sexuality and their influence on our vision of the world and the Other.

The work-in-progress showing will be followed by a conversation with Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild. Multi-award-winning author Brenda Dixon Gottschild is an antiracist cultural worker. Nationwide and abroad she curates post-performance reflective dialogues, writes critical performance essays, performs self-created solos and collaborates with her husband, choreographer/dancer Hellmut Gottschild in a genre they developed that is called “movement theater discourse”.

Artistic Direction and Performance by Étoile Chaville |

Live Music and  Arrangement by Julian Datta |

Outside  Eye: Daniel Brunet |

Post-Performance Discussion Moderated by Dr. Brenda  Dixon Gottschild

22. Juni 2024

With kindly support of

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English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

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