Jessica Nupen

Her work incorporates learned contemporary dance-theatre practices with pertinent political themes, expressed in striking creations and has received recognition through celebrated tours of Europe, the US and Southern Africa.

Jessica Nupen is a dancer, choreographer and director based in Germany. Born in Johannesburg to anti-apartheid activist parents, Nupen’s work is heavily inspired by her South African background and she has been named one of the top 100 most influential Africans in Germany.

Her work incorporates learned contemporary dance-theatre practices with pertinent political themes, expressed in striking creations and has received recognition through celebrated tours of Europe, the US and Southern Africa, ably supported by artists including William Kentridge, Spoek Mathambo, Jürgen Schadeberg, Denis Goldberg, Dan Halter, Philipp Miller, Milo Pablo Momm, Peter Konwitschny, Leila El-Kayem and Jane Taylor.

Her pieces have been performed on major stages in Germany and received features in publications and organisations such as CNN Inside Africa, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Business Day, and Forbes Woman Africa. Jessica’s work has received funding from all the major cultural ministries and foundations in Germany including the Federal Fund for Culture and German Foreign Office.

Significant Artistic Productions of the last 4 years:

The Lions 2017: World Premiere / Lichthof Theater / resonanzraum, Hamburg

How to Pina Bausch 2017: World Premiere / resonanzraum, Hamburg

Don’t Trust the Border 2018: World Premiere / Kampnagel K2, Hamburg

Dance of the Flying Knives 2018: World Premiere / William Kentridge Centre Less Good Idea, JHB

Christoph Colomb 2019: World Premiere / Theater Lübeck

The Nose 2020: World Premiere / Kampnagel K6 (postponed to October 2021 as Hybrid Film, Performance)

exhibIT 2020: World Premiere / Kunsthalle St. Annen, Lübeck

Spheres & Disruption 2020: World Premiere / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

(Cleaning Out) The Colonial Closet 2021: World Premiere 30,31 July 2021 / Lübeck-Online

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