Männlich Weiß Hetero

A Festival about Privilege

With Ana Borralho & João Galante, Josep Caballero García, Thabiso Heccius Pule & Hector Thami Manekehla, Young Jean Lee, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, NTGent / Luk Perceval, Mamela Nyamza, Frances Stark, Andros Zins-Browne, Jens Friebe and others

The festival examines the power position of a figure described in cultural studies as the “white heterosexual man”. For a long time this figure had the privilege of being the standardized “user surface” of Western society. The starting point for the series is the theatre piece “Straight White Men” by Young Jean Lee. The American dramatist and director conceived her performance as “straight” – as thoroughly conventional. Her object of study is a group of male protagonists. The renowned director Luk Perceval and international performers such as Mamela Nyamza, Ana Borralho & João Galante or Thabiso Heccius Pule & Hector Thami Manekehla will expand on the theme, posing the question of whether we are really witnessing a crisis of the melancholy heterosexual male subject – or whether its tenacity doesn't in fact consist in its very ability to permanently cast doubt on itself and reflect on itself. Contributions by the choreographers Marlene Freitas, Josep Caballero García and Andros Zins-Browne as well as the visual artist Frances Stark and the musician Jens Friebe will counter the hegemony of the heteronormative paradigm with exciting strategies of self-empowerment of previously marginalized life plans. The same goes for the discussion programme created in collaboration with Missy Magazine.


Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.