She She Pop are creating a canon of moments in the performing arts from the past 30 years, constructed from the memories of those present. The CANON performance that emerges will be a ritual, revue and collective historiography for art forms that have been described as post-dramatic theatre, or have influenced this. But it also includes examples from the fields of performance, dance and other performing arts. It will work with every means of transience produced by these art forms. The evening will range from captivating story-retelling to artistic re-enactments of pure, angelic, innocent memory, all the way to meticulous technical reconstruction.
How do bodies, gestures, organisms, space, objects, architecture and installations, rhythm, duration, voices, language, sound and music survive? In the memories of those who have experienced them, in their re-enactment. The vagueness and distortion of memory is just as essential here as the joy of the unforgotten moment.
CANON will be developed by She She Pop and other artists: selected guests from the Berlin independent arts scene are invited to participate in this collective homage. But audience members who happen to be present at the show are invited to participate too by writing down their own memories of special moments in theatre. Thus, CANON will develop into a new and spontaneous community performance every evening. The relationship between mutual obligation and commitment between stage and audience, as is often found in contemporary theatre forms, is mirrored, celebrated and used in CANON. The community evolves only through the invocation of a common CANON. In the moment of being represented, an acute experience combines with the formation of stories and history, the intention of distortion for one’s own purposes – resulting in the fiction of history. In the theatre, a “memory space” emerges from the recollections of those present and from the collective anticipation of the new.
Tickets at www.hebbel-am-ufer.de
By and with: Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf.
Guest performance with a changing cast: Antonia Baehr, Jean Chaize, Martin Clausen, Brigitte Cuvelier, Sean Patten, Tatiana Saphir, Sarah Thom, Leicy Valenzuela, Zelal Yesilyurt.
Costumes: Lea Søvsø. Light Design: Michael Lentner. Sound Design: Jeff McGrory. Sets: Sandra Fox. Choreography: Constanza Macras. Artistic Advice: Valeria Germain, Alisa Tretau, Laia Ribera. Support Costumes: Jana Donis. Support Choreography: Miki Shoji. Trainee: Magdalena Hofmann, Natasha Borenko. Technical Director: Sven Nichterlein. Production: Anne Brammen. Communication: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture. Freelance Communication Support: Tina Ebert. Financial Administration: Aminata Oelßner. Company Management: Elke Weber.
A production of She She Pop in Co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, FFT Düsseldorf and Münchner Kammerspiele.
Funded by the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe and Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
November 22, 2019, HAU, Berlin