Ancestral Visions of the Future / Pageantry of Wailing

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

World Premiere

The illustration shows a diptych: On the left is the face of a black man with a thick grey beard, taken from the frog's perspective. On the right is a green gemstone on a blue background, which we view through two round arches.

Ancestral Visions of the Future / Pageantry of Wailing © Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese for the video still from “Bodies of Negroes, I will Sculpture God, Grim and Benevolent” (2021)

In his first stage production as part of “Performing Exiles”, filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese seeks for a Pan-African identity and a collective African consciousness in the global diaspora beyond slavery and colonialism.

Artist Talk “Globalised Exile I”
Sunday, 18. June 2023, 17:00

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese creates mystical images which oscillate between the personal and the universal, combining postcolonial landscapes with Basotho traditions of dance and storytelling. In his first stage work “Ancestral Visions of the Future / Pageantry of Wailing”, developed specifically for “Performing Exiles”, the internationally renowned filmmaker interrogates and seeks individual and collective identities of a Pan-African community: What are African self-images and a collective African consciousness beyond slavery and colonialism? How can they be manifested physically? And what could “Ubuntu”, the African philosophy of freedom and connectedness in communities look like in the global African diaspora? The artist is also interested in emotions of vulnerability, pain and wailing that go hand in hand with the process of rebirth, of becoming, of reshaping identities. Together with a cast of performers and dancers, Mosese will develop atmospheric and fragmented images from the shards of a splintered past, present and future in order to outline a vision of African consciousness.


Lemohang Jeremiah MoseseDirector, text, video
Sarai ColeSoprano
Kelvin Kilonzo, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Maïmouna Coulibaly, Divine Océan MekemgoPerformance
Anan FriesDramaturgy
Patrick KohnAssistant director and production manager
Lili AnschützScenography and costumes
Yu MiyashitaMusic
Robert LäßigLighting
Claudia PetersProduction Manager (Berliner Festspiele)
Lea WolfAssistant Production Manager (Berliner Festspiele)
Maria KuscheTechnical Director Team Berliner Festspiele
Layana FlachsMakeup and Hairstyling
Afro-Gospel Bona DeusStatistry

“Ancestral Visions of the Future / Pageantry of Wailing” was part of the festival “Performing Exiles” by Berliner Festspiele. A production by Hairygaze GbR and Berliner Festspiele as part of “Performing Exiles” 2023.
Co-production: FFT Düsseldorf.