as part of Re_Generation

19.04. – 01.07.2023

Re_Generation is a festival for pleasure, solidarity & healing. International artists, activists, and scientists will gather at the FFT for twelve days to introduce and try out practices that answer to a world that is exhausted in so many ways.

Neha Spellfish

teyat vivan

possession eksperyans

Performance Social/Urban Movements Theatre & Performance

For teyat vivan, sound researcher and activist Neha Spellfish learns her grandmothers’ dialect, thereby retracing her Afro-American roots. Spellfish’s ancestors spoke a variant of the New Orleans and Texas African American Vernacular English (AAVE). AAVE denotes dialects that emerged during the time of slave trade when Southern English and African Creole languages influenced each other in many ways. These dialects, spoken even today in Afro-American communities, suffer from the racialisation stigma in the US.

In her auto fictional performance, Neha Spellfish employs the power of spoken word and acoustic collage to stimulate the physical dimension of sensual perception. She takes her audience on an ethnolinguistic trip between the invocation of the ancestors and the haunting of colonial trauma, between contemporary philosophy and political action, between past and future.

partners in crime


Re_Generation receives support from Kunststiftung NRW and from the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses. In cooperation with Cheers for Fears.