Three black bodies get into a ‘hissy fit’ to drill music: an outburst of ‘black rage’
In HISSY FIT, the Slovenian dancer and choreographer Christian Guerematchi shows that black culture is almost automatically associated with violence – both in the history books and in today's media. What does this stigma do to black boys who are looking for their place in society? For this, Guerematchi dives into the drill rap culture and the dance styles breaking and krump.
Run time 40 minutes
Location Bijlmer Parktheater
Aftertalk with Christian Guerematchi, Mark ‘Brui5er’ Sheats & Michael Wanga
A ‘hissy fit’ is a fit of uncontrolled anger, such as a child may have. Together with dancers Mark ‘Brui5er’ Sheats and Michael Wanga, dancer and choreographer Christian Guerematchi takes this emotional outburst as the starting point for a performance about ‘black anger’, the result of centuries of structural oppression.
Christian Guerematchi: "I remember when footage of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles was broadcast on TV in 1992. As a little boy, I was stunned by what I saw.
At the same time, I also felt connected by this emotional outburst. Even now, this echo between bodies still reverberates."
Driven by the raw energy of rap music, three black bodies experience their own ‘hissy fit’. They hide behind masks and get into a stupor that gives them a frightening power. They are trapped in their bodies and are looking for a way out. Emotions are released, and imposed prejudices seem to be confirmed.
HISSY FIT connects the dance styles breaking and krump with drill rap and virtual reality. With live video projections and a rousing soundscape, the performers bring their inner world close to the audience. The performance was preceded by research in which Guerematchi investigated the theory of Afro-pessimism* and talked to drill rappers. A video report of those interviews is an integral part of the show.
HISSY FIT connects to the search for new relationships of black people in Western society. Guerematchi wants to further explore the concept of ‘Black Identity’ through the language of the body. -|-In his interdisciplinary approach, he delves into different dance styles, which he analyses, deconstructs and gives meaning to.
* Frank B. Wilderson, professor of Afro-American studies in California, is one of the pioneers of ‘Afro-pessimism’, a radical anti-racism that gives an intensely gloomy diagnosis of American society that is supposedly built entirely on the exploitative opposition of Black and White. (...) Being Black, he writes, is synonymous with being a slave. From: NRC, 11-09-2020
‘Based on different dance styles and using the aesthetics of drill rap, Guerematchi, Mark '‘Brui5er’ Sheats and Michael Wanga explore both the liberating and the self-destructive side of anger. They touch on both the paralysing powerlessness that racism brings, and the fact that surrendering to anger often leads to violence in the community.’
Concept & Direction Christian Guerematchi
Choreography & Performance Christian Guerematchi, Mark ‘Brui5er’ Sheats & Michael Wanga
Visuals & Scenography STUDIO 10.04
Musical composition Michael Wanga
Costumes Jonathan Ho
Photography Daniël Nicoletti
-|-Dramaturgy Nicole Geertruida
Illustration Richard Kofi
Production ICK Dans Amsterdam
Made possible with support of ICK Dans Amsterdam, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Amsterdam, Fonds21, Amsterdam Fonds Voor De Kunst, VSB Fonds