Hardly anything so aptly defines capitalist society, nor has such a divisive influence as the inequitable distribution of property. Property confers power, creates barriers and reduces participation. When discussing the subject of property, one must take private, familial, social, local and global aspects into account. Even art production is by no means detached from economic conditions and matters of property. In the background, there is always self-exploitation, subsidisation, cultivation of privileges and old-age poverty. Who can afford to be an artist?
The performance collective She She Pop plans to address the subject of property in collaboration with a chorus of artists, formed on location at co-producing theatres in various German and European cities. At each theatre, She She Pop will create a unique production in which they perform together with the chorus of the hosting institution. In the lead-up to each performance, She She Pop will develop a series of questions, as well as musical, scenic and choreographic approaches. As they tour from venue to venue, they will present these questions and respective answers, thereby allowing people to speak to one another, though they have never actually met. Each venue decides on the content. In former socialistic cities like Leipzig, Lublin or Sofia, the direction may strongly differ from that held by the apparent winners of capitalism, e.g. Munich, Stuttgart or Basel.
ORATORIO is a work-in-progress, which will premiere in 2018 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. First showings took place at Theaterformen 2017 in Hanover and subsequently also at the Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival in Lublin and the ACT Independent Theatre Festival Sofia. Now ORATORIO returns from its tour through Europe, during which it gathered momentary impressions of other economic microcosms and evolved into a great polyphonic meditation at each stop along the way.
Artistic director: She She Pop
Sets: Sandra Fox
Costumes: Lea Søvsø
Music: Max Knoth
Artistic advice: Ruschka Steininger
Assistance: Laia Ribera
Technical Director & Lightdesign: Sven Nichterlein
Production: Anne Brammen
Tour organisation: Tina Ebert
By and with: Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf with the chosen chorus from Hanover.
Additional dates and venues:
Festival Konfrontationen, Lublin: residence, showing, 6./7. Oct. 2017
ACT Festival, Sofia: residence and showing, 14. Nov. 2017
Onassis Foundation, Athens: performances
Kampnagel Hamburg: performances
Schauspiel Stuttgart | Stuttgart
Kaserne Basel | Basel
Kammerspiele | München
HAU Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin
Schauspiel Leipzig | Leipzig
HAU Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin
Festival Theaterformen | Hannover