Robyn Orlin / City Theater & Dance Group

We wear our wheels with pride ...

German Premiere

17.+18.8., 19:00 | Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

17.8. ● Meet the Artist

18.8. Audio description

Duration 70

Spurred on by her childhood memories of growing up in Johannesburg during apartheid, South-African choreographer Robyn Orlin seeks to disentangle the practice of the Zulu rickshaw drivers from its colonial enmeshments. Donning their traditional, multicoloured costumes, eight young South African dancers re-enact the façade that obscures their deplorable living conditions. “We wear our wheels with pride and slap your streets with color… we said ‘bonjour’ to satan in 1820…” pays tribute to the rickshaw drivers’ beauty and inventiveness, while simultaneously revealing their underlying struggle of resistance and their refusal to compromise their dignity.


Choreography Robyn Orlin

With dancers of Moving Into Dance Mophatong:
Sunnyboy Motau, Oscar Buthelezi, Eugene Mashiane, Lesego Dihemo, Sbusiso Gumede, Teboho Letele

Live music & composition UkhoiKhoi / Yogin Sullaphen & Anelisa Stuurman

Video design Eric Perroys

Costume design Birgit Neppl

Lighting design Romain de Lagarde

Management Jean-Marc L’Hostis

Tour management Thabo Pule

Stage management Jordan Azincot

Booking Damien Valette

Coordination Louise Bailly


The piece is suitable for families. On 18.8. the performance will take place with a free audio description.

German PremiereFamily Friendly
  • Credits

    Production: City Theater & Dance Group, MIDM – Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Damien Valette Prod. Co-production: Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Festival Montpellier Danse, Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse, Le Grand T – Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique, Charleroi Danse – Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie, Théâtre Garonne – Scène Européenne, Château-Rouge – scène conventionnée d’Annemasse.
    Supported by: DRAC Ile-de-France. With the friendly support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture / DGCA.

    In cooperation with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.

Price: 35 / 30 / 20 / 15 €
Discount: 25 / 20 / 15 / 15 €
Ticket information

Bus Transfer:

18.8. | Robyn Orlin (Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz) → Oona Doherty (Haus der Berliner Festspiele)

The festival bus allows you to travel free of charge between selected festival events and venues using your event tickets. No reservation needed.

Past dates

Wed 17.8.

from 19:00 to 20:10 Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Thu 18.8.

from 19:00 to 20:10 Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz


Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Linienstr. 227, 10178 Berlin

You can reach the lower foyer and the main stage of the Volksbühne without any barriers via the main entrance of the theatre. For structural reasons, the (upper) Sternfoyer and the performance venues Roter/Grüner Salon, the 3rd floor and Probebühne are not barrier-free. The Volksbühne has wheelchair seating in the main hall only.