Walls

Das Foto zeigt eine Performerin in einem roten Kostüm auf einem Bürostuhl vor einem Tisch mitten in einem Bücherhaufen im Vordergrund. Im Hintergrund sind zwei weitere Performerinnen zusehen, wie sie mit Taschenlampen den Bühnenraum erkunden.
Foto: Dorothea Tuch / Projizierte Fotografie: © Robert Polidori
Foto: Dorothea Tuch / Projizierte Fotografie: © Andreas Rost, Courtesy Collection Regard, Berlin
Foto: Dorothea Tuch
Foto: Dorothea Tuch / Projizierte Fotografie: © Robert Polidori
Foto: Dorothea Tuch / Projizierte Fotografie: © Wenke Seemann (Detlef Seemann)
Foto: Dorothea Tuch / Projizierte Fotografie: © Wenke Seemann (Detlef Seemann)
Foto: Dorothea Tuch / Projizierte Fotografie: © Arwed Messmer
Foto: Dorothea Tuch / Projizierte Fotografie: © Andreas Rost, Courtesy Collection Regard, Berlin

Ten years ago in Drawers, She She Pop members sat across from some of their East German contemporaries. Drawers explored the systemic conditions that forged their identities, showing two strong ideologies and opposing doctrines each with their inner logic. Our self-images, however, have not survived the past ten years and the myths of where we came from already lay in ruins. Can a common future even be built on the baggage of the past, the failed utopias of our parents’ generation and the abuse and injustice of the past 30 years?

Against the backdrop of present times, which are marked by isolation and destruction, She She Pop opens the stage to search for collective visions of the future and what stands in their way. As a mental extension of Drawers, She She Pop has once again invited various guests to share the stage or be connected virtually in their new production, Walls. Together, they travel through time to past moments and possible futures. In doing so, they try to form a community that surpasses linguistic or physical barriers, which are outside the range of solidarity or imagination or even brutally defined by visa requirements. Whereas the stage was still a place of uncomfortable clashes in Drawers, here it is turned into a neoliberal co-working space or dark padded cell used as a think tank. The journey takes the audience along walls that permeate how we perceive shared reality and its emotional impact. She She Pop and guests sift through the rubble of documentary material and combine it with futuristic camera technology to turn the stage into a time capsule. Women travel in it to uninhabitable or deserted scenarios to speculate on or live in other forms of the present and possible futures. Fantasy or the possibility of fiction emerges as a precious commodity. It is a dimension that is difficult to reach and can only be attained together with a special effort of doubt, fear, insolence, humour and clairvoyance.

Credits

Idea and concept: She She Pop, By and with (performed in alternating line-up): Sebastian Bark, Natasha Borenko, Johanna Freiburg, Annett Gröschner, Jahye Khoo, Alexandra Lachmann, Katharina Lorenz, Lisa Lucassen, Peggy Mädler, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Wenke Seemann, Berit Stumpf.

Dramaturgy: She She Pop, Annett Gröschner, Peggy Mädler, Artistic Advice: Rodrigo Zorzanelli Cavalcanti, Director of Photography Video Installation: Benjamin Krieg, Video Support: Rocío Rodriguez, Sets: Sandra Fox, Costumes: Lea Søvsø, Costumes Assistance: Lili Hillerich, Music: Max Knoth with Maria Schneider, Sound Design: Xavier Perrone, Technical Director and Light Design: Sven Nichterlein, Production: Chiara Galesi, Interns: María Giacaman, Ruth Lindner, Workshop Input: Lavinia Knop-Walling, Rehearsal Interpretation (German/Korean): Eunsoon Jung, Simultaneous English Live Translation: PANTHEA / Anna Johannsen, Audio description: Pingpong Translation & Subtitling / Martina Reuter, Johanna Krins, PR, Communication: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture, Freelance Communication Support: Tina Ebert, Financial Administration: Aminata Oelßner, Company Management: Elke Weber.

Special thanks to the photographers and archivists who have provided photographic material from their artistic works:

Robert Polidori, with works from the series “Zones of Exclusion PRIPRYAT AND CHERNOBYL”;
Andreas Rost, Courtesy Collection Regard, Berlin, with works from the series “Das Jahr 1990 freilegen”, “Wahlgang”, “Mauern Ramallah” and “Der unbekannte Oscar Niemeyer in Algiers”;

Benjamin Krieg with works from his archive.

Credits:
A production by She She Pop in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, FFT Düsseldorf, Schauspiel Leipzig, HELLERAU – EUROPÄISCHES Zentrum der Künste. Supported by Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.

Funded by the City of Berlin — Department for Culture and Europe, the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by Rudolf Augstein Foundation.

Dates

January 25/26/27, 2023, HAU Hebbel am Ufer HAU 1, Berlin

past dates:
December 08/10/11/12/13, 2022, HAU Hebbel am Ufer HAU 1, Berlin
December 07, 2022, HAU Hebbel am Ufer HAU 1, Berlin

Dates

January 25/26/27, 2023, HAU Hebbel am Ufer HAU 1, Berlin

Chorstück

As part of the “Berlin bleibt! #4” Festival

She She Pop conducted interviews with neighbors about living and working at Mehringplatz. In the context of “Berlin bleibt! #4 – Treffpunkt Mehringplatz” they develop a performative game in which residents and passers-by spontaneously and playfully encounter each other in different formations. Who says what about Mehringplatz, in which statements do we find ourselves?

Credits

Concept: She She Pop – in collaboration with Stella Konstantinou and HAU to connect
Text: The text is based on interviews conducted by She She Pop with residents, passers-by and business people at Mehringplatz in spring 2022.

Production and dramaturgical advice: Alisa Tretau. PR, Communication: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro. Freelance Communication Support: Tina Ebert. Financial Administration: Aminata Oelßner. Company Management: Elke Weber.

A performance by She She Pop in Co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR and funded by the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe.

A project within “Berlin bleibt #4 – Treffpunkt Mehringplatz”, a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Supported by: Gewobag.

Dates


past dates:
July 01, 2022, Mehringplatz, Berlin

Dance Me!

Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Foto: Benjamin Krieg
Dance Me! is a dance marathon between two competing generations. The stage is an arena in which She She Pop and guests take on the role of the elderly; the others are a group of young performers. Mutual incomprehension, otherwise known as the generation gap, is brought to the stage and celebrated in a strict dance ritual. The teams take turns: those who are not on the dance floor man the microphones and make music. The two generations not only make the other group dance to its beat: they also push each other  to exhaustion while chalking up a long list of insults, complaints and justifications. Or is it a show of admiration? Gratitude? — We don’t know. For the show, the two teams have practised separately and face off their opponents with their latest moves.
What is a generation anyway? Does it really exist? And if so: what do we have to say to each other? Look here, listen: this is what we have learned, this is where our wisdom lies, this is our concern, our desire, our boredom, our blind spot. This dance step, this formation tells of it, this song line sums it all up! Get up, stand up / Let me hear your body talk / Don’t stop til you get enough / Shablam for me / Da Da Da / Dance me to the end of love…! For the show, the two teams have practised separately and face off their opponents with their latest moves.

 

Credits

Concept/Idea: She She Pop (The cast changes every show). By and with (old): Sebastian Bark, Dan Belasco Rogers, Santiago Blaum, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Tatiana Saphir, Claudia Splitt, Berit Stumpf. By and with (young): Hiyam Biary, Eren M. Güvercin, Jan Nwattu, Şimal Nil Şahin, Nikolas Stäudte, Béla Arnaud Weimar-Dittmar, Zelal Yesilyurt, Sindi Zeneli.

Artistic Advise: Laia Ribera Cañénguez, Rodrigo Zorzanelli Cavalcanti, Stage: Jan Brokof, Costumes: Lea Søvsø, Costumes Assistance: Marie Göhler and Gabi Bartels, Light Design: Andreas Harder, Light Design Assistance: Vito Walter, Choreografic Advise: Jill Emerson, Sound: Xavier Perrone, Technical Director: Sven Nichterlein, Production: Valeria Germain, Production Assistence Young: Sarah Mounia Kachiri,  PR, Communication: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro, Freelance  Communikation Support: Tina Ebert, Financial Administration: Aminata Oelßner, Company Management: Elke Weber.

Workshop Input: The Darvish, Jasmine Thomas, Bree Hauschild, Sven Drühl.
Special thanks to: Max Knoth, Stella Konstantinou and Peggy Mädler.

Simultaneous English Live Translation: PANTHEA / Irina Bondas (22.01. and 23.01.2022)
Audio description: Pingpong Translation & Subtitling / Martina Reuter (24.01.2022)

A Production of She She Pop in Co-Production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, FFT Düsseldorf, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe.

Trailer

Dates

January 19/20/21, 2023, Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main
February 03/04, 2023, Hellerau-Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden
February 10/11/12, 2023, FFT Forum Freies Theater, Düsseldorf

past dates:
October 29, 2022, Spring Dance Utrecht, Utrecht
September 01/02, 2022, TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL, Hannover
February 11/12/13, 2022, Kampnagel, Hamburg
January 19/21/22/23/24, 2022, HAU, Berlin
January 18, 2022, HAU, Berlin

Dates

January 19/20/21, 2023, Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main
February 03/04, 2023, Hellerau-Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden
February 10/11/12, 2023, FFT Forum Freies Theater, Düsseldorf

Press

“The accompanying dance interludes demonstrate a great love of abandon and choreographic commitment, pop culture reminiscences, charming, Macarena song-inspired arm and hip swaying, trance and improvisation. Body strength and weight are danced into the floor, repetitive formations are charted to club sounds, sequences of movements by individual performers translated into group images over and over again. These are beautiful images for tensions in which individual lifestyles meet zeitgeist, socialization and economy.”
Stephanie Drees, Nachtkritik, 19.01.2022

Workshop International Summer Camp Academy 2021 (Warsaw)

The Summer Camp Academy is organized in collaboration with Komuna/Warszawa, La Comedie de Clermont Ferrand and the Epidaurus Festival in Athens as part of Creative Europe’s project “In Search of a Home – Ithaca”.

Credits

This She She Pop Workshop was funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of “NEUSTART KULTUR.”

Dates


past dates:
July 01-03, 2021, Nowy Teatr, Warschau