Anan Fries & Malu Peeters

Virtual Wombs


German /  English /  Language no problem /  60 min.

An Avatar lies on the floor in a relaxed pose. The round belly glows.
An avatar fetus

“We need to learn to think of the anomalous, the monstrously different not as a sign of pejoration but as the unfolding of virtual possibilities that point to positive alternatives for us all… the human is now displaced in the direction of a glittering range of post-human variables.” – Rosi Braidotti

“Virtual Wombs” brings virtual reality into the theatre space and deals with mutation and transformation and with the potentials of worldbuilding, the creation of digital, reality-expanding worlds. The performers, both physical and virtual, take the audience on a tender journey into the womb of the pregnant post-human. 

In this piece, Anan Fries and Malu Peeters build on years of collaboration, previously in the context of the performance collective Henrike Iglesias and the game theatre collective machina eX. Here, they explore their shared passion for virtual possibilities and immersive experiments, introducing the audience to unfamiliar places while creating safe and sensitive spaces.


Concept, Content, Artistic direction: Anan Fries / Concept, Sound installation, Composition: Malu Peeters / Technical Artist, Dramaturgy: Ambrus Ivanyos / Light Installation, Lighting Design: Eva G. Alonso / Costume design: Tra My Nguyen / Costume assistance: Anne-Kristin Winzer / Costume Kübra: Kemal Yilmaz / 3D Animation: Lisa Kaschubat, Manuel Tozzi / 3D Design Ectobag: Danielle Williams / Assistance direction: Oriana Fasciati / Digital performance: Brandy Butler, Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Ncube als Bibi, Fercha Pombo, Kübra Uzun, Wheelymum / Performance: Asaf Aharonson / Artistic advisor: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese / Production management D: Sina Kießling / Production management CH: ProduktionsDOCK


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    Wed 29.9.2021, 19:00 / HAU3
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The HAU co-production uses VR glasses and is thus a hybrid of a spatial sound environment, a light installation, and a virtual reality trip which visitors are invited to join in small groups.


Production: Hairygaze. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kaserne Basel. Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin), Expert Committee Dance & Theater Basel-City/Basel-Country. The re-run is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Thanks to: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, NL Filmfonds Interactive Grant. 


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