First Presentation
premiere

Oratorio

A collective meditation on a well-kept secret

Photo: Benjamin Krieg
Photo: Katrin Ribbe
Photo: Katrin Ribbe
Photo: Katrin Ribbe
Photo: Katrin Ribbe
Photo: Katrin Ribbe

“Let it belong to those it is good for.” (B. Brecht)

Property changes consciousness. It divides friends, gives one person power over others and excludes. Property is taken for granted. And people don’t talk about it. Nothing is so constitutive of our society, or our lives together; nothing has such a divisive effect on our community as property. With ORATORIO, She She Pop wants to air the secret of property, to drag it out onto a stage.

It is said that Western theatre began with the protagonist Thespis, who stepped out from the choir 2,500 years ago. But you could also say: it was the moment that the stage was privatised. Since then, the individual has been consistently overrated, overburdened and emotionally exploited. ORATORIO would like to shed some light on the context of the bourgeois public, property and democratic empowerment.

Together with each choir of local delegates and their audience, She She Pop will start a discussion on property and examine their own relationship to ownership, the distribution of goods and its related problems. Inspired by Brecht’s Lehrstücktheorie, they develop rules for a dialogical theatre show and form discordant speaking choruses, which renegotiate with each performance how we deal with property. Who is allowed to speak? Who is present, who is represented? A collective monologue emerges from the diversity of voices, discord, and occasional, momentary harmony.

ORATORIO is a work-in-progress, the premiere of which takes place in 2018 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. A first showing will take place at the Theaterformen 2017 in Hanover and further, at the Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival in Lublin and the ACT Independent Theatre Festival Sofia. From here, ORATORIO sets off on a tour of Europe, in the course of which it will gather momentary impressions from other economic microcosms, and at each stop along the way, it will evolve into a great multi-voice meditation.

Credits

By and with: Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf and the choir of local delegates.

Sets: Sandra Fox, Costumes: Lea Søvsø, Music: Max Knoth, Artistic advice: Ruschka Steininger, Trainee: Laia Ribera, Technical Director & Lightdesign: Sven Nichterlein. Production: Anne Brammen, Communication: ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro, Touring: Tina Ebert, Administration: Aminata Oelßner, Company Management: Elke Weber.

A production of She She Pop in Co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Festival Theaterformen, Münchner Kammerspiele, Kampnagel Hamburg, Schauspiel Leipzig, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Kaserne Basel, ACT Independent Theater Festival Sofia, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin.
The Showing in Hannover is supported by PRODUKTION. made in germany drei.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe.
www.kulturstiftung-des-bundes.de

premiere, February 2018, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin

more dates:
  • June 2017, Hannover
  • October 2017, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin, Lublin
  • November 2017, ACT Independent Theater Festival Sofia, Sofia

Press

Reviews of the showing in Hannover, June 2017

".. many things suggest  that “Oratorium” - after She She Pop's success story "Testament” about inheritance - will be a similarly fine, self-deprecating show."
Mounia Meiborg, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 15.06.2017

"That's how Brecht would have liked it ..."
Stefan Gohlisch, Neue Presse, 11.06.17

"... fundamental social questions, which could be thought-provoking. Nevertheless, the evening was not lacking in humour ... "
Kreiszeitung, 15.06.17