Rebecca Korang, a fiercely independent performance artist
Hailing from Wedding, West Berlin Rebecca Korang is a 23-year-old performance artist. With a foundation in dance her work explores and experiments with formless and interdisciplinary pieces, demonstrated in works she created like 'The Lobster' a pure physical theatre piece; 'Theory of relativity' which plays with time, space, and different perspectives and visibility and 'Waterloo' a live performance, with a dialogue with the audience and a visual component. The latter she says is inspired by shapes and patterns and driven by Christopher Alexander’s 15 Architectural Pattern Language Forms and famous by his book ‘A pattern Language’.
The young choreographer’s approach shows a wisdom beyond her years, further demonstrated when asked about her productions “I see myself as a performance artist because I really like concept. I don’t like dancing for the sake of dancing, there has to be meaning to it...” This self awareness carries on as she dwells on an experience auditioning for the MTV European Music Awards earlier this year “I auditioned for the MTV EMA’s and it was really weird, I realised I don’t belong in the commercial scene because it’s too superficial for me and I really see the sexist part in it…I’m not a commercial dancer”. And it seems to stem from a decision to change career paths at just 15-years-old after studying classical violin for eight years at the prestigious conservatoire ‘Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Musikgymnasium’ “it was five exams a year and if you got less than a C you were kicked out...I think when you are that young the teachers really try to break you and as soon as you hit puberty you sort of rebel - or it breaks you forever…”
Exceptionally polite and easy to talk to Rebecca is the result of a fortuitous meeting between her Ghanaian father and German mother who ran into each other not once, but twice, on Berlin’s underground. These two cultures coming together could be perceived as reminiscent of Rebecca’s two sides, the smiley, bubbly and gracious girl in front of you and the contemporary performance artist pushing conceptual boundaries. Either way this is a young artist on the rise who clearly isn’t afraid to say say “this isn’t for me”.