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Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater.

Performance 80' / Discussion / 2020

KV Leipzig / as part of the exhibition Please divide in groups of two or three

with Diana Felber, Nora Wehofsits, Louis Hay, Anna Lena von Helldorff, Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickedanz

outfit: KV Vereinskollektion by Katrin Mayer

photos: Caspar Sänger

Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater.

Performance 80' / Discussion / 2019

Neues Rathaus München

with Anne Kulbatzki, Juliane Elting, Mehmet Sözer, Isabelle Cohn, Vivi Balby and Diana Marie Müller

photos: Constanza Meléndes

The Joker System
Video 20’ / Installation / 2018
Text source: Augusto Boal, “A sistema coringa”, 1967
Voice: Diogo da Cruz

Towards Healing

Performance 25' / 2018
Sound: Juliana R.
Performer: Luis Argauer, Charlotte Coosemans, Leonie Emeka, Mira Mann, Lukas Rath
Photos: Beowulf Tomek

Guided by an interest in possibilities of political participation and arts as a form of resistance, the situation-specific reenactment project “Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater” is part of a continuing research about the theatre- and performance history of Brazil. The work reformulates a conversation between five activist and cultural producers from São Paulo, Cláudio Bueno, Bárbara Esmenia, Peter Pál Pelbart, Sylvia Prado and Márcia Silva about the negotiation of problems such as right-wing populism and postcolonialism and equally critically discusses processes of cultural appropriation.

The video The Joker System is based on the 1967 by Augusto Boal made slide film A sistema coringa (The Joker System). In this slide film, which consists of 50 slides, Boal describes the development of the Joker system, which marks a big step towards the Theater of the Oppressed. Each slide is accompanied by a short paragraph of text explaining the context of each picture.
The projection of the slides one after another on a wall was filmed. So the slide film has become a movie, accompanied by a reading of the slightly altered original text of Boal.

The Performance Towards Healing consists of movements and interactions between four Performers. The spatial and sculptural form of the space refers to the architecture of the Teatro de Arena in São Paulo. By using this technique of Statue Theater the performers are restaging various documentary images of different theater plays at the Teatro de Arena from 1964 to 1971. The reenactment develops a new narration which consists of the combination of historical images from different theater plays. The movement and touches are addressing contexts from care to violent, manipulative shaping of another person. Different group constellations are created in the course of the performance without any verbal communication.