Sự tích trái thơm / Ang Alamat ng Pinya (“the legend of the pineapple”) is on the move, like it has been for centuries. Originally cultivated as Hoyriri by the Tupinambá people in present-day Brazil and Paraguay, the pineapple’s uprootings through Portuguese colonization of South America have left traces in Southeast Asian mythology, motherly sermons and memories of a million eyes that shall remember what they see.

The hybrid performance “Do you believe in love after life?” will take place in Sài Gòn (Việt Nam) and Köln (Germany) at the same time, departing from slippery confines of time, space and body into the possibilities of their ruptures.

Anika Baluran Schäfer, Thủy-Tiên Nguyễn, Quang Nguyễn-Xuân and Việt Đức Phạm, four queer performance artists with Southeast Asian heritage in Germany, telling stories through performance, poetry, moving images, karaoke and video art.

Saturday, 24 February 2024
7:30 pm

location: 6th floor Amanaki Thao Dien Hotel, 10 Nguyen Dang Giai, Thao Dien, Thu Duc, HCMC

Entrance Fee: pay as you can.
Registration required: link here

If you are in Cologne, Germany, the performance will take place at the Comedia Theater Köln at 1:30 pm

with the support of the Goethe-Intitut Ho Chi Minh City

about the artists:

Quang Nguyễn-Xuân (they/them) is a Berlin based Vietnamese-German interdisciplinary artist, writer, and community organizer whose work merges mediums such as poetry, visual arts and performance. Moving along the questioning of power structures, reflexivity of modernity, queer diasporic subjectivities, and relations between world history and the intimately communal, their creations invite audiences to witness the poetic in these intersections and in possibilities of queer world building.

As a playwright, poet, performer, and curator, Quang has worked both solo and collaboratively, contributing to projects in fields of poetry, theatre, performance arts, most recently for exhibitions 1221 project (Wuppertal 2022),  Where is my karaoke? Still, we sing | ສຽງນິທານຂອງພວກເຮົາ | សូរសៀងនិទាននៃពួកយើង។ | Nhưng chúng tôi vẫn hát (D21 Leipzig 2022), Re-Connect. Kunst und Kampf im Bruderland (MdbK Museum of Visual Arts, Leipzig 2023), O Quilombismo (Berlin, HKW House of World Cultures 2023) and Echos der Bruderländer (Berlin, HKW 2024).

Their activism and artistry intertwine in their work as community organizer, political educator, and space holder for (queer) BIPoC, facilitating spaces for empowerment, solidarity and community care. They are part of arts & empowerment collective Spicy Ginkgo Collective (@spicyginkgo.collective).

Anika Baluran Schäfer (-/she) is a queer filipinx writer, spoken word artist, performer, and filmmaker. Anikas work delves into Filipino diasporic identities, Tagalog learning from a second-generation perspective, and anti-Asian racism. Using poetry, performance, film, and critical engagement with algorithms, Anika explores themes of identity loss and imagination in the face of it.

Việt Đức Phạm (no pronouns) works through life as a nonbinary vietdiasporic soul in different playgrounds like community building, empowerment in (gender-)queerness and poetry. Lately also in chess and performing arts.

Thủy-Tiên Nguyễn (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary and việt-diasporic performer, dance theatre maker, choreographer, author, political educator and community organizer. They are moving through topics of anti-racism, gender, classism, queerness, diaspora pain, joy & dreams, collective healing and empowerment, and combines these in writing, bodywork, art and the co-creation of community spaces.

Previous collaborations as a choreographer, dancer, dance theater maker, author and actor include the Junge Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg (2015-2020), FWT Köln, FFT Düsseldorf, Theater an der Ruhr Mülheim, and Atze Musiktheater Berlin (2016-2019), Performing Arts Festival Berlin, Berliner Ringtheater, and Asian Performing Artists Lab (2021), KKT Köln (2022), and HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (2023). Also, Thủy-Tiên had years of experience as a production manager and assistant director in the independent theatre scene in Germany. They are trained in contemporary dance and hip hop, learned from various dancers in Köln, Düsseldorf, Seoul (South Korea) and Singapore. Their poetry has been published in the Brücke-Museum in Berlin and performed live on several stages in Berlin, Munich and the Ruhr area, Germany.

Thủy-Tiên is part of the art and empowerment collective Spicy Ginkgo Collective (@spicyginkgo.collective)