She She Pop will create a canon of moments from the audience’s perspective – an unlimited list of unmissable moments from the memories of those present. Of all the events we have seen on stage, which ones do we not want to forget? Which ones do we have to talk about? What was so fascinating and sublime, or painful or plausible, liberating or amazing that we need to remember it?
CANON is both a ritual and a revue. And it is a collective historiography, especially for those productions that are outside the dramatic canon, of which nothing seems to remain after their performance except for the memories of those involved in their choreography, performance or happenings.
The list that we will create will represent a ‘Canon from below’ with no censorship whatsoever. May your spirit be blown in any direction. Any suggestion that attests to a charismatic event is valid. Canon will work with every means of transience produced by these art forms themselves. The evening ranges from simple re-telling to an attempted reenactment. 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 have been invited to participate in this collective ritual of remembering. 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 and guest performance with a changing cast.
Performers from She She Pop and the following guests play on November 22nd: Brigitte Cuvelier, Leicy Valenzuela, Sean Patten, Zelal Yesilyurt. / on November 23rd: Tatiana Saphir, Daniel Belasco Rogers, Sean Patten, Martin Clausen. / on November 24th: Tatiana Saphir, Daniel Belasco Rogers, Sean Patten, Leicy Valenzuela. / on November 25th: Daniel Belasco Rogers, Antonia Baehr, Jean Chaize, Zelal Yesilyurt. / on November 26th: Brigitte Cuvelier, Antonia Baehr, Jean Chaize, Martin Clausen.
Costumes and props: 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. PR, 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.