The House of Falling Bones

developed and performed by the bands Khoi Khonnexion and Kante about wandering folk tales, poetry and fairy tales in Namibia, South Africa and Germany.

Premiere Kampnagel Hamburg on Thursday 23.08.18, 20:00 p.m.

Further dates: Fri 24.08.18 and Sat 25.08.18 at 20:00 p.m.


Zurich Theater Spektakel on Fri 31.08.18, Sat 01.09.18 and Sun 02.09.18 at 19.00 p.m.

Munich Kammerspiele, FFT Dusseldorf March 2019

Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the Hamburg Cultural Authority. 


In coproduction with the International Summer Festival Hamburg, the Zurich Theater Spektakel, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the FFT Düsseldorf and the Greatmore Art Studio Cape Town.


The project

This music theater project consists of the Capetonian Band Khoi Khonnexion, the Hamburg-based band Kante, the Namibian performance poet Nesindano „Khoes“ Namises, the Showcase Beat Le Mot member Nikola Duric and Anta Helena Recke. Together, they embarked on a journey through Namibia, following the paths of colonialism and the Dutch and German genocide of the OvaHerero and Nama. They follow the potential of resistance of fairy tales, poetry and folk stories, which to this day tell of ghosts of German soldiers in the Namib desert, liquid stones and declined ancestor-phone-calls.

The members of Cape Town‘s Khoi Khonnexion are direct descendants of the Khoisan, the first nation of Southern Africa. They place in the foreground the reinvention of the tradition of bow-playing, leaving the reconstruction of indigenous knowlege to the tourism industry.


With Khoi Khonnexion & Kante (music, text), Nesindano Namises (poetry, performance), Nikola Duric (stage direction, performance),  Ruth May (costume, textiles), Anta Helena Recke (outside eye) Claude Jansen (research, transnational mediation), Olaf Nachtwey (produktion).

Team Hamburg: Johanna J. Thomas (production management), Judith Bethke and Amelia Langenhohl (assistant), Peta Devlin (sound), Joscha Eckert (stage, light), Christian Wenzel (buildings), Patrick Zimmer (graphic)

Team Cape Town: Hannah Loewenthal (Production Manager), Lambro Tsiliyiannis and Edda Sickinger (Assistant)

Artwork: Ruth May