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Made Up of Time and Enegry – Notes on choreographic aspects in the work of Nature Theater of Oklahoma by Pieter T’Jonck

In recent years Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s work has taken many different directions but recently they went back to choreography as their main medium. With “No President. A Story Ballet of Enlightenment in two Immoral Acts” they return to HAU.

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“First, you rebel, then you cry. Then you smoke a cigarette”

Excerpts from the letters of Nicoleta Esinencu’s mother

After the fall of the Soviet Union, family structures in the Republic of Moldova were faced with great economic challenges and at the same time were restyled into a traditional Christian asset. Nicoleta Esinencu links these circumstances with the experience of losing her parents, examining the term family in the 21st century. This is an excerpt from her mother’s letters to her.

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"An Argument against Aboutness"

Ariel Efraim Ashbel talks about his new work “no apocalypse not now”, his poetics and his role as director.

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The writer Luise Meier was commissioned by HAU Hebbel am Ufer to go along with their current film and poster campaign “KEEP IT REAL”.

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No more excuses!

Interview with Natasha A. Kelly

When we talk about feminism in Germany, the Black perspective and all its achievements are often left out of the conversation, says author, curator, and filmmaker Natasha A. Kelly. That is why her book “Schwarzer Feminismus” [“Black Feminism”] collects a number of fundamental texts by Black feminists. In this interview, Kelly explains why feminism is not conceivable without also taking racism into consideration, and what Black female authors have achieved from the mid 19th century until today.

The 4 lessons Eastern Europe teaches us about tectonic shifts at global LGBT+ frontlines

On occasion of the festival “The Present Is Not Enough – Performing Queer Histories and Futures” (20.–30.6. im HAU) we ask: Which narratives are still missing when we address queer history and histories? Maxim Eristavi, an openly queer journalist from Ukraine, observes how LGBTIQ* communities expand safe space locally. At the same time, with regard to all of Eastern Europe he has to state: In the age of globalization, digitalization, worldwide waves of migration and transnational hate movements the suppression of LBGTIQ* lives is becoming more and more complex ...

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On occasion of the festival “The Present Is Not Enough – Performing Queer Histories and Futures” (20.–30.6. im HAU) we ask: Which narratives are still missing when we address queer history and histories? In Jota Mombaça’s journal entries – less a dystopia than a poetic description of the status quo – the hierarchy of the world above and below materializes.

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The caring gaze of Leviathan, the “pink files” from 1980s Poland, and the issue of privacy.

Before “Hiacynt” the homosexual share of the Polish population was practically invisible to the state. Between 1985 and 1987 extensive police and secret service operations were carried out under this flowery name in order to control the “unknown” share of gay men in the population. Cultural philosopher Ewa Majewska visited the archive and read the files again. In her essay she explains what role the private sphere plays for queers in Poland and what it has to do with state “care”.

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“An orchestrated delirium”

Thoughts on “Rolling” by Michael Laub

“‘Rolling’ is like an orchestrated delirium. It’s also totally subjective rather than academic”, says Michael Laub about his latest work. The Belgian theatre maker combines around 200 film quotes with video, theatre, dance and music to create a complex personal reflection on the relation between the fields

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Like a chain reaction

Isabelle Schad in conversation

The new work “Reflection” by Isabelle Schad will premiere at HAU at the end of May. The choreographer completes her trilogy about collective bodies with this piece. In the interview she speaks about her research on movements and the stages at HAU1 and HAU2.


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