All about She She Pop

Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Barbara Dietl
Foto: Katrin Ribbe
Foto: Katrin Ribbe
Foto: Katrin Ribbe
Foto: Benjamin Krieg

She She Pop is a performance collective that was founded in the 90s at the Giessen Institute for Applied Theatre Studies. Its members are Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf and Elke Weber.

The members of the group are predominantly women and they work as a collective. The performers see themselves as authors, dramaturges and practitioners of their stage art. The inclusion of their own autobiographies is above all the method and not the purpose of their work.

The result is a form of theatre firmly committed to experimentation. The stage is always a place of intense publicness. Here, decisions are made, ways of speaking and social systems are tested, and speech gestures and social rituals are tried, rehearsed or discarded. She She Pop sees its task as a search to find the social limits of communication – and to go beyond the protective space of the theatre, in both specific and artistic terms. The theatre is turned into a space for utopian communication. The audience, too, is often given a tangible attribution and a special feature: all of She She Pop’s works are experiments or demonstrations in some way, which would be invalid without spectators.

She She Pop has been based in Berlin since 1998 and celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2018. The HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre has been a continuous co-producer and co-operation partner in Berlin since 2003.

Other regular cooperation partners at home and abroad are: Munich Kammerspiele, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Kampnagel Hamburg, Forum Freies Theater in Dusseldorf, Mousonturm Frankfurt / Main, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig and Kaserne Basel, brut Wien, Theatre de la Ville / Festival d’Automne de Paris, Festival Kyoto Experiment Archa Theatre Prague, Prague German language Festival and the Konfrontationen Festival Lublin, Festival delle Colline Torinesi Turin / TPE – Teatro Piemonte Europa.

Awards and Nominations

Nominated for Theatertreffen 2021 (with „Hexploitation“).
Theatertreffen Selection 2019.
Winner of the Theaterpreis Berlin 2019 (Stiftung Preussische Seehandlung).
Nominated for the Europe Theatre Prize 2017, category “Theatrical Realities”.
Awarded the George Tabori Price 2015 of the Fonds Darstellender Künste (Performing Arts Fund)
Nominated for the UBU Award 2015, Italy.
Winner in the category “Deeply Moving” by the children’s jury at Kunstfest Weimar 2015.
Invited to Impulse Theater Biennale 2013.
Invited to World Stage 2013, Toronto.
Winner of “Best Theatre of 2012 Award – Foreign Category“ by the National Theatre Association of Korea.
Winner of the Goethe Institute Prize at the Impulse Festival 2011.
Winner of “Best Theatre Award – Foreign Category 2010“ by “Göteborgs Posten” (Sweden).
Winner of the Friedrich Luft Prize 2011.
Theatertreffen Selection 2011.
Selected by nachtkritik at the Theatertreffen 2011.
Awarded the Wild Card at Theaterfestival Favoriten 2010.