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© Zivanai Matangi

On 12 July 2022, NASA published images from the James Webb Telescope of galaxies over 10 billion light years away. While our ability to capture the light of ancient galaxies propels us closer to an idea of futurity, it also serves as a reminder that perhaps we are not as far along as we think. Collaborating again for this new creation, South African collective Impilo Mapantsula and Jeremy Nedd dig deeper into topics that navigate entangled avenues of Black diasporic and Afrofuturist experience. They present their exploration through the lens of Pantsula. This powerful dance form, well known for its high-speed virtuosic footwork, gave voice to an entire generation during Apartheid. Focusing on the improvisational potential of Pantsula’s movement vocabulary in response to the cosmic and spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Bheki Mseleku, the performance draws on phenomena found in the cosmos as metaphoric inspiration: from the birth of a galaxy to the death of a star. Connecting the powerful and lyrical jive style of today’s Pantsula while echoing “past” struggles against oppression, the performers contemplate the compression of space and time, and our illusions of progress towards the future.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes
Website Jeremy Nedd

Childcare on 29.9.: For children between 3 and 10 years, free of charge. We can only offer childcare if you register by 22 September via the online form; meeting point at the box office 30 minutes before the start of the performance, further information: For families.


Jeremy Nedd is a choreographer and performer born in Brooklyn, New York, who lives and works in Basel. He has had engagements at the Semperoper Dresden (2010-2012) and Ballett Basel (2012-2016). As a guest performer, he is associated with the Schauspielhaus Zürich, where he has been working with Trajal Harrell since 2019. Nedd has realised and presented his previous productions at the Kaserne Basel, ROXY Birsfelden, Arsenic - Centre d'Art scénique contemporain, Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Münchner Kammerspiele, among others.


Concept, Choreography, Performance

Jeremy Nedd

Performance / Choreography 

Sibongile Mathebula, Sicelo Xaba, Thomas Motsapi, Bonakele Masethi, Sello Modiga

Technical management & lighting design 

Thomas Giger

Stage design

Laura Knüsel


Tara Mabiala

Sound design

Fabrizio Di Salvo, Rej Deproc


Anta Helena Recke


Caroline Froelich (Moin Moin Productions)


Arina Frölich

Technical management Touring

Chiara Leonhardt

In coproduction with

ARSENIC Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Kaserne Basel, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival Tangente - Festspielhaus St. Pölten, SPIELART Theaterfestival

With the kind support of 

Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Pro Helvetia