Anna Fries & Malu Peeters

Virtual Wombs


Audio Description / English / With German translation / 60 min.

“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 plays with speculative conditions. The work 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. Visitors are welcomed as small groups into this HAU co-production, a hybrid of a spatial sound environment, a light installation and a VR experience.

Drawing on their own experiences of pregnancy and inspired by the philosopher Rosi Braidotti, Anna Fries and Malu Peeters explore the construct of the pregnant post-human, where gender is not understood as a binary and where nature and technology are not in opposition to one another. Its pregnancy, rather, is technology. Its body is fiction and reality, animation and image. It is an ultimate, intimate experience of plurality, of possibility and of change – an attempt to rethink what it means to exist and to become.

In this piece, the artists 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: Anna 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


  • Past
    Wed 29.9.2021, 19:00 / HAU3
    Wed 29.9.2021, 21:00 / HAU3
    Thu 30.9.2021, 19:00 / HAU3
    Thu 30.9.2021, 21:00 / HAU3
    Fri 1.10.2021, 19:00 / HAU3
    Fri 1.10.2021, 21:00 / HAU3
    Sat 2.10.2021, 19:00 / HAU3
    Sat 2.10.2021, 21:00 / HAU3
    Mon 4.10.2021, 19:00 / HAU3
    Mon 4.10.2021, 21:00 / HAU3
    Tue 5.10.2021, 19:00 / HAU3
    Tue 5.10.2021, 21:00 / HAU3

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.

On October 1 and 2, introductions to the performance and virtual reality technology with Lisa Kaschubat will take place at 18:00, admission is free.


Production: Hairygaze. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kaserne Basel. Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Fachausschuss Tanz; Theater Basel-Stadt/Basel-Landschaft, Ernst Göhner Stiftung. Thanks to: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.
Gravity Access Services Berlin, supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART
KULTUR initiative


Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10963 Berlin

Access by means of a stairwell (3rd floor). Use of lift possible by prior arrangement.

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