The Jitta Collective

The Jitta Collective
Stephanie Thiersch & Kefa Oiro

As an African/European collective of artists, thematically and historically, it is impossible for us to disengage from the inheritance of cultural appropriation – and yet, we want to try and rethink these processes with a transgressive and personal practice of making it our own and of empowerment. We take the mash-up strategies, the jua kali artisians (swahili: fierce sun, informal work-sector in kenya working with recycled materials) and upcycling principle to the extreme. Beatboxing, rapping, spoken word, beats and turntablism, fashiondesign, contemporary dance, voguing and catwalking create a mesh up of futurist identities displayed in a surreal fashion-concert.


Project-initiation & idea: Kefa Oiro, Stephanie Thiersch
Concept: The Jitta Collective

Dj Elephant Power (alias Nicolas Baudoux) – music composition, turntablism, Belgium
Zoe Melody (alias Marie Buchholz) – voguing, singing, choreography, Germany
Alexandra Naudet – dance, performance, choreography, France
Dodo NKishi – music composition, drums, beatboxing/singing, Germany
Kefa Oiro – dance, choreography, concept, Kenya
N’deye Seck – music composition, drums, Senegal
Stephanie Thiersch – direction, choreography, text, Germany
Xenson (alias Ssamson Ssenkaaba) – art, fashiondesign, poetry, Uganda
Musical support: Checkmate Mido alias Mido Dembebe, Kenya and Judith Namacheke Bwire, Kenya
Voguing Support: House of Melody (Berlin/Düsseldorf), artzone dancers (Nairobi)


Production MOUVOIR e.V. Germany & Tuchangamke Group, Kenya.
In coproduction with Akademie der Künste der Welt Köln in the frame of Pluriversale VII, tanzhaus nrw, Nairobi Festival of Performance and Media Arts – NFPMA and Goethe Institut – Internationaler Koproduktionsfonds.
Cooperation partner freihandelszone – Ensemblenetzwerk Köln, GoDownArtsCenter, Nairobi.
Funded by: Kunststiftung NRW, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.