Petra Kron works as cultural anthropologist and as performing artist. She does production management for plays and programs. She designs and instantiates art platforms like framewalk and Lab dc in collaboration with artists from varying countries. She’s got a Ph.D. (ABD) in Cultural Anthropology of Mainz University and a state board examination in Fine Arts and English from Düsseldorf University. She continually teaches, researches and explores her concept of relational cultural works in the field of the performing arts mostly in cross cultural and cross disciplinary contexts.
Angela Kamara manages the German musician Flo Mega and works as a freelance writer. She does project management and public relations for various groups in the field of anti-racism and anti-discrimination, like the AfroGerman NGO Brothers Keepers, with its persisting statements against racism. For KABAWIL she was the author of „Simulacra“ and supervised the political correctness of the dancetheatre “Wer hat Angst vorm Schwarzen Mann?” She was the assistent director for “Leila and Madschnun”. Angela Kamara studied Social Sciences at the Universities of Duesseldorf and Bochum.
Abiodun Odukoya, a composer/ singer/ songwriter, is one of the pioneers of the HipHop and Afro/Reggae/Soul scene in Germany since the 90’s, as well as one of the international commuters of the new Urban Roots Movement. Abiodun also produces young musical talents in Nigeria and Germany. He is a founding member of Brothers Keepers with its persisting statements against racism. He worked with Maceo Parker, UB40, Gregory Isaacs and Xavier Naidoo. Abiodun is an expericenced teacher for voice, singing, rap and spoken word.
Thomas Klein works as a musician and is a member of the internationally known electronic band Kreidler. He has diverse Solo projects like Sølyst, fauna and Clyne.He composes for film and audio productions and he creates artistic sound works in collaboration with visual artists like Mischa Kubal and Dunja Evers. Regularly he does music for theatre plays in Cologne and Düsseldorf.
Othello Johns works as choreographer, dancer and pedagogue for various institutions in the field of the performing arts. For most of KABA-WIL’s dancetheatre productions like »Leila and Madschnun« or »King ED« he was the artistic director for Dance and Choreography. He worked as a soloist for the companies of Milton Myers, Rod Rodgers, Isadora Duncan, Erick Hawkins and Tanzatelier Wien. He studied Dance and Choreography in New York at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and at the Erick Hawkins School, as well as at the University of Louisiana.
Simon Eifeler is a stage director. He studied stage direction at the Academy for performing arts in Ulm, Germany and ever since he is creating and directing plays in the fringe or off theatre scene. His best known plays are: König Ödipus by Sophokles, Kassandra by Christa Wolf, Woyzeck by Büchner, Maria Stuart by Schiller, Faust by Goethe and the Odyssee by Homer.
Kojo Benedict Quaye aka Sir Black is an African living in Ghana. He is a performance artist, painter, sculptor and Ehalakasa (spoken word poetry) instructor. He is the founder of Talk-FACT3, Ehalakasa Talkparty the only regular poetry event and the Annual Ehalakasa Festival. Sir Black is very much involved in organizing spoken word poetry events, workshops and projects in schools and communities in collaboration with local, international and cultural institutions around the country. He is a three-time prize winner in spoken word poetry (Ehalakasa) including the 2006 Peace FM National Search Competition.
Kyekyeku, Eugene Oppong Ampadu, has worked on several artistic projects connected with sound and music for short movies, theatre, poetry and performance in general. He writes, arranges and produces music. A lively performer whose music and performances cut through a cross-section of music and performance styles heavily influenced by the acoustic guitar with a tasty Ghanaian Highlife music yet exploring a mix of classical, flamenco Jazz and Brazilian guitar styles and sounds.
Alfred Elikem Kunutsor is a tutor in performance studies in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University Of Ghana Legon, Accra. He has an MA and BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa. Over his period of study and professional work till date has believed in collaborations between, forms and mediums, genre and people; artists and non artists alike. He has practiced from design to acting, dance and music and has run workshops in Germany, South Africa and Mexico. He has lectured movement in the Wits school of the Arts and has performed in a wide range of works. He was the artistic director for the Sankofa Afro-Indigenous fusion band in South Africa.
Julia Mota Carvalho is a dancer and a dramatic advisor for dance. After her studies at Folkwang University, she has lived and worked in Holland, Mexico, Brazil and Germany. As a dancer she has participated in works of Trisha Brown, Pina Bausch and Samir Akika among others and she is co-founder of the ensemble Performing Group. Her own artistic research focuses on the process of narratives in dance and performance art.
Owen Manamela-Mogane is a Post-Graduate from the University Of Cape Town. A dancer, choreographer, actor and a theatre director born in (Mpumalanga) South Africa. Raised in Johannesburg where he began his craft as a physical theatre performer, formally trained at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation in different disciplines as a dancer. In his career Owen performed with various dance companies and in all major Jazzart dance theatre productions including the award-winning Junction, Rain in a dead man’s footprint and Cargo. He worked with highly acclaimed directors like Mark Fleishman, Ina Wichterich and Mandla Mbothwe. Recently, Manamela-Mogane choreographed a production at the Market Theatre titled Ukutshona Ko Mendi and anchored the new financial TV show, Rands with Sense on SABC2. In 2015 he appeared as a performer in Jaco Bouwer’s Buite Blaf Die Honde Swart and a Kyknet TV Series titled Die Buurtwagt. Currently working at the Pollsmore correctional services with the Help I am Free, a Norwegian theatre program to rehabilitate inmates through theatre.
Lesoko V Seabe is an actress, voice artist and academic who graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Theatre Making (Hons equivalent), a Major in English Language and Literature. She read as well for an MA in Performance (Distinction in the thesis). Lesoko is a part-time lecturer of Voice and Movement at the UCT and City Varsity drama departments. In the theatre she has worked with top directors including Mandla Mbotwe, Mark Fleishman, Kim Kerfoot, Jay Pather and musician Neo Muyanga. Her stage credits include Attempts on Her Life (Dir Liz Mills), Closer (dir. Kim Kerfoot), The Treatment (dir. Thenjiwe Stemela) and Afrocartography written by award winner Mwenya Kabwe and directed by critically acclaimed Jay Pather. Internationally, Lesoko Seabe has performed in Denmark, Spain, England and the Netherlands. Ultimately, her practice explores embodied voice practices, dance making and ways of working with the body and the voice in space.
Rehane Abrahams is an actor, playwright, occasional performance artist and for the past 7 years, a director. She is from Cape Town, South Africa. Rehane has worked with
companies like the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Thrillpeddlers TC and Magnet Theatre. She has co-founded Teater Gelombang Badan (Java), theatre fireFLY(Bali) and most notably Mothertongue South Africa. She has trained in acting at UCT, Butoh dance at the Body Weather Farm in Hakushu, Japan, Classical Javanese Dance in Central Java, Indonesia and she has had a small taste of Kalaripayat at Hindustani Kalari in Kerala and wants more!
Morad Hassan is an actor and an acting coach. He studied Art History and Theatre Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Acting at the University of Haifa, Israel. He worked as stage director for Framewalk on Tour and as artist instructor and coach for Kabawil’s productions King Ed and food4brain18. He took part in different plays and movies in Israel and Palestine, as in New World Order and Harold Pinter.
and many more (who will be added soon)