Joana Tischkau



German /  English /  approx. 70 min.

“For Black Individuals, Childhood can feel very nostalgic because once you become aware of the gravity of your identity, you can never go back. (…)” – Mithsuca Berry (Bildende*r Künstler*in)

Beyoncé and Jay-Z, “The Prince of Bel-Air”, “Married... with Children”, “ Family Feud” or The Kelly Family – societal ideas of family are often established by (pop-)cultural representations. Although it seems obvious that kinship and close, intimate, kinship-like relationships can work independent of physiognomic similarities, non-white as well as queer people are constantly denied this kind of connection. The HAU co-production “YO BRO” questions standard, normative representations of family by playfully revisiting them and distorting them. Joined by her twin brother Aljoscha Tischkau, who works as a social pedagogue, the choreographer and performer Joana Tischkau has developed a piece that explores cultural and art-historical representations of family relationships. Using the performative potential of their bodies, they create images of similarity and difference, thereby retelling family history / histories.


Direction: Joana Tischkau / Performance: Joana und Aljoscha Tischkau, Family members from Berlin / Family: Jean-Philippe Adabra, Karl- Ishan Barta, Renate Gebhardt, Silvie Mutl, Kaya Otto, Margot Rummler, Alex Sabotic, Nima Séne / Set: Carlo Siegfried / Costume: Nadine Bakota / Sound design: Frieder Blume / Dramaturgy, Artistic collaboration: Elisabeth Hampe / Artistic collaboration: Nuray Demir / Video & 3D Animation: Sondi / Lighting design, Technical direction: Hendrik Borowski / Assistance: Laura-Marie Preßmar, Ina Trenk, Katharina Kraatz / Dresser: Nadine Wagner / Production management, Distribution Joana Tischkau: Lisa Gehring


  • Past
    Fri 9.12.2022, 19:00 / HAU2
    Sat 10.12.2022, 19:00 / HAU2
    Sun 11.12.2022, 17:00 / HAU2

After the performance on 10.12.: Artist Talk


Production: Joana Tischkau, Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, Schauspiel Frankfurt. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Festspielhaus St. Pölten / Tangente St. Pölten – Festival für Gegenwartskultur, tanzhaus nrw, Kampnagel Hamburg, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Gessnerallee Zürich, 11th Festival Politik im Freien Theater in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education and Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Festival-AG, a network of the local Freie Szene in Frankfurt. Supported by: Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR, Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts, Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main.                                                                                   


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