May 17–23, 2024

Exile Promenade

A performative audio walk by Ada Mukhina

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The walk also takes place in case of rain! If required, rain capes can be borrowed.

Three guides will take the audience on a performative walk through the streets of Berlin, to places of historical and contemporary exile from Russia.

The non-binary composer, Alina Anufrienko, who left Russia after its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, takes you on a sonic journey through the noise of war propaganda that tries to silence queer, feminist, and antiwar voices. Theater-maker Grégoire Lopoukhine investigates the roots of Russian imperialism by revisiting the library of his aristocratic family who escaped from the Bolsheviks to Paris after the October Revolution a century ago. The visual artist Ziliä Qansurá leads you through her native land of Bashqortostan, historically colonized by Russia, in search of ways for healing the collective trauma and breaking the centuries-old cycle of violence.

"Exile Promenade" performatively investigates deserted places, broken ties, and lost identities while asking: What is the task of artists in the face of the war and political repressions? Where do we find the strength to resist? And how do we stay in solidarity with other exiled communities?

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If available, tickets can also be purchased on site (cash only).

Friday, May 17 – 4 pm
Saturday, May 18 – 12 pm and 4 pm
Sunday, May 19 – 4 pm

Tuesday, May 21 – 6 pm
Wednesday, May 22 – 6 pm
Thursday, May 23 – 6 pm

Language: English
Duration: 2 hours
Meeting point: Bookstore Bookinista at Fasanenplatz, 10719 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf / 15 min before start

Weather: The walk also takes place in case of rain! If required, rain capes can be borrowed.
Accessibility: The performative walk takes place outdoors and involves walking longer distances. There is not always an opportunity to sit down at the different stations. The walk in some parts involves going up and down stairs and walking on uneven surfaces such as grass and sand. During the audio walk, the audience wears headphones that are controlled externally. The audience can adjust the volume of the headphones themselves. The headphones can be taken off at any time.
Content note: The performance touches upon the topics of war, propaganda, political repressions, famine, colonialism, racism, discrimination, queer hostility.

Ada Mukhina – Concept / Director / Text
Alina Anufrienko, Grègoire Lopoukhine, Ziliä Qansurá – Protagonists / Text
Andrej Mirčev – Dramaturgy
Alina Anufrienko – Composition & Sound design
Ziliä Qansurá – Costume design
Georgii Malykh – Sound
Evgenia Chetvertkova – Assistant director
Marit Buchmeier, Lisanne Grotz (xplusdrei Produktionsbüro) – Production management

The team would like to thank Dana Müller, Sarah Blendin and the entire team of the Stiftung Exilmuseum e.V., the bookstore “Bookinista” for their kind cooperation, Nikoleta Markovic, Fateme Nekounam, Kwaku Asante Frimpong, Sasan Khoshniat, Fedor Balashov, Matthias Hardenberger, Martin Kruse, and Mathias Drücker for supporting the revival of the walk.

Exile Promenade is a production by Ada Mukhina. Funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaftliche Zusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin. With support of the mobility program "Culture Moves Europe" funded by the European Union and implemented by the Goethe-Institut. Disclaimer: The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

The first edition of “Exile Promenade” was premiered as part of the “Performing Exiles” festival of the Berliner Festspiele 2023. Its creation was supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.

© Grafik: placeboart, Photo: Mathias Drücker
© Camille Blake - Berliner Festspiele