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_a musical documentary performance on the soundtracks of war_

UN:IMAGINABLE is an extraordinary theater production that emerged from the lived reality of trauma, war, exclusion and exile. The genocides of the 1990s in Rwanda and the Balkans shook the world - and are still among the bloodiest events in modern history. The reports and stories about it have lost nothing of their importance. Many people fled their home country at the time and some of them have been living in Germany ever since, which was given the status of “paradise”.

Society is stuck in suppressed fear and hatred leading to further conflicts while in denial of histories untold. UN:IMAGINABLE mirrors the banality of evil and its connection to everyday, mundane life and deals with the hour prior to death in the lives of victims and perpetrators.

“In a monochrome universe that embraces the promises of uncertainty, the future lies before us like an unwritten book. We all have to think together about what we can change now.” -Hope Azeda

UN:IMAGINABLE is a transnational documentary musical theater exploring various forms of healing within spheres of repetitive histories, war, genocide and existence in disapora. Following the intense weeks of sharing, exchanging and learning, more than 20 people across 6 countries collectively contribute to a new media and offline experience with narratives told that are essentially human.


Language: English
collage: Duduetsang Lamola (@blk.banaana)


Entire program

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – World premiere

18:00 h: reception (cafe)
19:30 p.m.: World premiere and introduction with ShaNon Bobinger (Hall)

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Thursday, May 19, 2022 – Presentation

19:00 p.m.: Doors open
19:30 p.m.: Performance (Hall)

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Friday, May 20, 2022 – Quo Vadis, Aida?

19:00 p.m.: Doors
19.30 pm: Film screening and Q&A with Melina Borčak (Club)

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Saturday, May 21, 2022 – Post-War Healing

15:00 p.m.: Talk // Urgency and politics of remembrance and art as a form of healing and trauma reflection w/ Dr. Emilia Roig, Maryan Abdulkarim and Jasmina Music. Moderator: ShaNon Bobinger

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16:00 p.m. – 19:00 p.m.: Kids' Club & Afro Beats for children with DJ Cuby (Club)

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Sunday, May 22, 2022 – Queer Sounds & Taste of Post-Heimat

10:00 a.m. – 15:00 p.m.: Community Brunch with DJ Robert Soko (from 12:00 p.m.) (Café)

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15:00 p.m. – 16:00 p.m.: Panel // Us too? Germany's (selective) welcome culture with Jeff Kwasi Klein, Jess Korp and Nina Alerić. Moderator: Ouassima Laabich (Cafe)

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16:00 p.m.: Live Music: Sonic Intervention / Out Of Time Embassy / Jam (Cafe)

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Sunday, May 22, 2022 – Un:imaginable Dernière

19:00 p.m.: door opening (hall)
19:30 p.m.: Performance – UN:IMAGINABLE (Hall)

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Sunday, July 17, 2022 – Un:imaginable at the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali

20:00 p.m.: Performance – UN:IMAGINABLE (Ubumuntu Arts Festival Kigali)

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Monday, September 11, 2023 – Un:imaginable in Sarajevo

12:00 h: Our Histories in Conversation – Rwandan, Bosnian and Uyghur Perspectives on the Role of Film and Art in Remembering Genocide with Esther Mujawayo-Keiner, Shahnura Kasim and Nihad Kreševljaković

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15:00 p.m.: Sarajevo Roses to Kigali Kwibuka: Walking through our histories with Melina Borčak, Esther Mujawayo-Keiner and Shahnura Kasim

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Thursday, September 14th – Un:imaginable in Sarajevo

20:00 p.m.: Film screening: UN:IMAGINABLE – our histories in conversation

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UN:IMAGINABLE is produced by Oyoun Berlin, Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company Rwanda and Sarajevo War Theater Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Supported in the fund TURN2 the Federal Cultural Foundation. Sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as the Heinrich Böll Foundation.


Concept, Direction, Text: Hope Azeda
Concept, composition: Constantine Dupelius
Concept, composition, text: Nedim Zlatar
Text: Benjamin Bajramovic, Tete Loeper
Costumes: Justine Loddenkemper
Dramaturgy & script: Emina Omerovic

Performance: Benjamin Bajramović, Snežana Bogićević, Konstantin Dupelius, Peace Jolis, Moise Mutangana, Jihadi Niyonkuru, Leonardo Šarić, Donia Sbika, Adolatha Uwineza, Nedim Zlatar

Workshops, Digital Library: Yves Mdagano, Francois Byemba, Marc Ngabo, Arthur Kisitu, Landry Nguetsa, and Yannick Ndoli: 

Production management: Ihisa Theresa Adelio
Production Assistance: Innocent Munyeshuri
Fundraising: Nina Martin, Sophia Schmidt 
Curation: Louna Sbou