The dance solo NAM Non Aligned Movement is a search for the black European identity and the codes of the black body. Choreographer Christian Guerematchi and musician Shishani Vranckx both have roots in both Europe and Africa. They are nourished by their own background and the voices and movements of the African diaspora. In NAM Non Aligned Movement they embark on an epic afro-futuristic journey to the Balkans.
For generations, cultural codes have been systematically suppressed and in order to counteract this, a tribe has hidden encoded information in capsules. The capsules are scattered throughout time and space. Every once in a while, someone has to do a symbolic ritual to release the message.
NAM Non Aligned Movement is the first part of the broader movement and voice research Epistemologies of The Body, which focuses on stories about the black body. The title NAM Non Aligned Movement is inspired by the movement of 'non-bound countries' from the 1960s that played a role in the independence struggles of so-called Third World countries. Josip Broz Tito, the president of Yugoslavia was one of the founders of this movement. An important source of inspiration is the book Tito in Africa - Pictures of Solidarity, in which Tito's attempts for the decolonization of the world are described.
Shishani Vranckx is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter with roots in Namibia & Belgium, but grew up mainly in the Netherlands. In her work she brings these worlds together. She has won several awards for her work at home and abroad and tours internationally. With her quartet Namibian Tales, she researched musical traditions of the San people in the Kalahari desert in collaboration with UNESCO.