The Angola Project
An expedition through the history of colonial Portugal, the travelogues of Burton Holmes, the films of Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly, the Detroit race riots/rebellion, Berlin documentary film crews in Africa, and the blood-thirsty mechanisms of international film finance.
The Angola Project is three-part solo performance, with the third part co-commissioned and produced during residencies at EMPAC.
The performance is a fusion of film and narrative, tales and fragments, joining together and crumbling away. Having its roots in the tradition of travel lectures that emerged in the 19th century, CABULA6 invites the audience on a journey into Jeremy Xido’s real-life attempts to finance a film and confront the truths of mortality in the 21st century.
PART I – “LISBON” AT 4PM — Follows Xido's captivation by the city of Lisbon’s sunset-timed gas lamps and growing idea for a feature film. He finds himself collecting historical tidbits and horticultural facts, twisting random encounters into fanciful story lines as he conducts a slew of interviews with the people he meets there. The stories begin to derail and travel from Europe to Africa, then on to a mulberry tree in Detroit.
PART II – “ANGOLA” AT 5:30PM — Delves deeper into Xido's quest to build a script for his feature film as he travels to Angola along the Benguela railway, currently being rebuilt by Chinese construction companies. Xido, the sole onstage performer in the entire series, must carefully navigate the minefield of international film financing, constantly reconfiguring his script and feature film pitch accordingly.
PART III – “XIN” AT 8PM —The improbable yet inevitable third part of The Angola Project, where personal effort to make sense of the world is reaching its limit—a moment of death that brings us to the heart of the matter; a place where imagery crumbles and flies out of control; where a narrative plot of past/future becomes an excuse for the difficult practice of being here and now.
PLEASE NOTE: this performance consists of three parts, each lasting roughly one hour. You are encouraged to partake in the entirety of the performance trilogy, but may enter into any of the three parts you choose. There will be a 20 minute intermission between Part I + II, and one hour intermission with dinner available for purchase at Evelyn's Cafe between Part II + III.
If you wish to purchase tickets the day of the show please come to the EMPAC box office in the lobby starting at 3PM.
CABULA6, voted Company of the Year 2009 by Europe’s prestigious cultural magazine, Ballettanz and awarded Outstanding Artist 2010 by the Austrian Ministry of Culture, is an internationally acclaimed performance and film company led by artistic co-directors Claudia Heu and Jeremy Xido. The company has presented work around Europe, the United States, South America, Asia, and Africa. Their work overwhelmingly focuses on the border between reality and fiction and the uneasy dialogue between a person’s private sense of identity and its dynamic reception in a broader social context. They search out non-traditional performance spaces that make it possible to walk the line between what is “real” and what is constructed and which can bring audience members face to face with their assumptions and expectations about who they are and with whom they live. CABULA6’s work ranges from stage pieces, to site-specific works, to films, to projects of social intervention. They are dedicated to principles of delight, humor, investigation, and jolts of adrenalin.
Jeremy Xido is originally from Detroit. He graduated cum laude in painting and comparative literature from Columbia University and trained at the Actor’s Studio. Since 2003, he has been the artistic co-director of CABULA6. In addition to several critically acclaimed short fiction films, Xido recently completed the feature documentary Death Metal Angola. He also directed the six-part documentary series Crime Europe. He is known in Europe as a performance artist with a unique artistic voice and approach to stage and film, blending emotionally gripping personal stories with the larger social contexts within which they emerge. Working as a dancer, actor, and filmmaker, Xido has performed and presented work around the world on stage, TV, and in cinema.
Igor Dobricic studied dramaturgy at the Belgrade Academy of Dramatic Arts, and between 1995 and 1999, he worked as a dramaturge for the Belgrade International Theatre Festival. From 2000 and 2004, he was a student of DasArts. He was an arts program officer at the European Cultural Foundation until 2008, and in that role he initiated the AlmostReal project platform. Dobricic is a dramaturge for a number of choreographers including Nicole Beutler, Diego Gil, Keren Levi, and Katrina Brown. He teaches concept development at the Amsterdam School for New Dance, and since 2009, he has served as a research fellow with the Amsterdam School of the Arts, working on a long-term research project, Table Talks. His interests include the exploration of parameters of performative action between different fixed production contexts (theater and visual arts, professional and non-professional status, individual and group work, and aesthetics and ethics).
Claudia Heu lives in Vienna. She is a director, performer, and teacher in the field of dance, experimental theater, and performance. She is the founder of ONNO Theater, and since 2003 has been co-artistic director of CABULA6 with Jeremy Xido, presenting productions all over Europe. In addition to her work in the theater, she has spent many years involved in community work—from a year and a half working in a favela on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil, to work in refugee camps and prisons in Austria.
The Angola Project was created, in part, during residencies at EMPAC - Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NYC), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC) Transforma (Portugal), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), Maria Matos Theater (Portugal), and Impulstanz (Vienna).
The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it - I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.