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 Berlin-based feminist performance collective that emerged in the 1990s from the Giessen Institute for Applied Theater Studies.

The members see themselves as authors, dramaturges and performers of their stage action. The inclusion of their own autobiography is above all a method, not a purpose of the work. She She Pop practices a form of theater that is committed to experimentation. They use the stage as a place of acute public: here decisions are made, ways of talking and social systems are tried out, speech gestures and social rituals are 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 special function: all of She She Pop’s works are experiments or demonstrations of evidence that would be invalid without spectators.

Members are Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf, and Elke Weber. Former group members are Fanni Halmburger, Claude Jansen, Katharina Oberlik and Anja von Steht.

In the production office at Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Tina Ebert, Aminata Oelßner and Elke Weber are responsible for management, administration and finance, production, acquisition, distribution, communication and touring.

The international production house HAU Hebbel am Ufer has been She She Pops continuous co-producer and cooperation partner in Berlin since 2003. In addition, there is a wide network of cooperating houses in Germany and abroad: Kampnagel Hamburg, Forum Freies Theater in Dusseldorf, Mousonturm Frankfurt / Main, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Residency Schauspiel Leipzig, Kaserne Basel, Theatre de la Ville / Festival d’Automne de Paris, Festival Kyoto Experiment, ACT Festival Sofia, Hängo Teaterträff, SPRING Utrecht, Prague German language Festival and 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).
Invited to Politik im Freien Theater 2018.
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.
Invited to Politik im Freien Theater 2011.
Winner of the Friedrich Luft Prize 2011.
Theatertreffen Selection 2011.
Selected by nachtkritik at the Theatertreffen 2011.
Winner of “Best Theatre Award – Foreign Category 2010“ by “Göteborgs Posten” (Sweden).
Awarded the Wild Card at Theaterfestival Favoriten 2010.