The context of colonization/decolonisation all of its implications motivates the interest and serves as a background and probe into the political space of the present human conditions in Africa. The aim of which is to engage public space as social repertoire of people’s collective and individual African experiences; and produce socio-political performance in order to instigate critical discussion(s) on the post-modern socio economic and political situations in the continent. The direction here will be to direct attention to the issue of the past so as to activate actions to RETHINK the contents of the past, RESHAPE the present and REINVENT the future; hence the performance, Alaagba.
'Alaagba' is a processional performance that took place in Richardplatz, Neukölln - an inner-city locality (Ortsteil) of Berlin, Germany as social and political intervention. The performer (Jelili Atiku), whose body was deconstructed: painted in black with heavy head-gear made from gourd and mirrors; wore a a sleeveless jacket-like dress made from jute-bag material and 58 strings made out of Ankara (Dutch Wax prints) were attached to his body, especially arms legs and torso. The strings, which were in variation of 500cm – 700cm long were attached to 58 circular objects created from cane and each had balls that were created out of Ankara. The performance began in Richardplatz, which involve the process of body journey into deconstruction and ritual of transformation; and evolved through processional walk – where the performer pulled along the circular objects in the streets and made yet other transformational and ritualistic bodily actions. There also a big crystal plastic container with water and was carried along by the performer’s collaborator, Anne Letailleur. The water was intermittently sprinkled in the air with the aid of white painted local broom.jeliliatiku.webs.com