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.
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:
Benjamin Krieg with works from his archive.
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.