IJAKADI OKAN builds a bridge between the traditonal legends and stories of the Nigerian Yorùbá culture and the present, between the metropolises of Hamburg and Lagos. In interplay with live music and poetry, Israel Akpan Sunday choreographs the West African tradition of collective storytelling and transfers it into a contemporary context. Moving between traditional and modern African dances, he focuses on the „inner struggles“ (translation of the title from the Yorùbá) and human challenges such as dealing with stereotypes and different forms of knowledge transmission. 


Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography: Israel Akpan Sunday
Project Management: Vivienne Lütteken (FAMILY PRODUCTION)
Dance: Sarah Lasaki; Nana Anine; Israel Akpan Sunday
Music: Bettina Russmann; Paul Timmich; Stanley Ikechukwu Njoku
Videography: Larissa Potapov
Costume: Julia Hehlke 


IJAKADI OKAN is a production by Israel Akpan Sunday and FAMILY PRODUCTIONS, co-produced by K3 │ Tanzplan Hamburg and supported by Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg and Hamburgische Kulturstiftung. 


18. & 19. June 2021: Kampnagel, Hamburg

15. & 16. July 2022: Acud Theater, Berlin (with Ingjerd Solheim as a guest dancer)