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She She Pop

Oratorio – A collective meditation on a well-kept secret

Theatre

German / With English live translation / 90 min

“Let it belong to those it is good for.” (B. Brecht)

Property changes consciousness. It divides friends, gives one person power over others and excludes. Property is taken for granted. And people don’t talk about it. Nothing is so constitutive of our society, or our lives together; nothing has such a divisive effect on our community as property. With “Oratorium”, She She Pop wants to air the secret of property, to drag it out onto a stage.

It is said that Western theatre began with the protagonist Thespis, who stepped out from the choir 2,500 years ago. But you could also say: it was the moment that the stage was privatised. Since then, the individual has been consistently overrated, overburdened and emotionally exploited. “Oratorium” would like to shed some light on the context of the bourgeois public, property and democratic empowerment.

Together with each choir of local delegates and their audience, She She Pop will start a discussion on property and examine their own relationship to ownership, the distribution of goods and its related problems. Inspired by Brecht’s Lehrstücktheorie, they develop rules for a dialogical theatre show and form discordant speaking choruses, which renegotiate with each performance how we deal with property. Who is allowed to speak? Who is present, who is represented? A collective monologue emerges from the diversity of voices, discord, and occasional, momentary harmony.
 

“Oratorium” is a work-in-progress, which will premiere in 2018 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. First showings took place at Theaterformen 2017 in Hanover and subsequently also at the Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival in Lublin and the ACT Independent Theatre Festival Sofia. Now ORATORIO returns from its tour through Europe, during which it gathered momentary impressions of other economic microcosms and evolved intoa great polyphonic meditation at each stop along the way. 

In 2019, She She Pop have been invited to the Theatertreffen in Berlin with their “Oratorium”. The statement from the jury reads: “One doesn’t talk about money. The performance collective She She Pop doesn’t bother with that rule, making private property, inequality and shame the topic of their piece. … She She Pop turns the audience into a choir with multiple voices. As always with She She Pop the political lies in the private, in biographical material.”                                                                                       

Cast

By and with: She She Pop, Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf and the Choir of locale Delegates / Set Design: Sets / Costumes: Lea Søvsø / Music: Max Knoth / Artistic collaboration production: Ruschka Steininger / Artistic collaboration touring: Laia Ribera, Alisa Tretau / Dramaturgical collaboration: Peggy Maedler, Annett Gröschner / Technical Director & Light Design: Sven Nichterlein / Production: Anne Brammen / English live translation: Ellen Gallagher / Communication: ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro / Tour Organization: Tina Ebert / Administration: Aminata Oelßner / Company Management: Elke Weber

Dates

  • Past
    Premiere
    Fri 9.2.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Sat 10.2.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Sun 11.2.2018, 17:00 / HAU1
    Mon 12.2.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Fri 23.3.2018, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sat 24.3.2018, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sun 25.3.2018, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sun 30.9.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Wed 3.10.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Thu 4.10.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Fri 10.5.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
    Sun 12.5.2019, 20:00 / HAU1
    Mon 13.5.2019, 20:00 / HAU1
    Tue 14.5.2019, 20:00 / HAU1
    Repertoire
    Thu 3.10.2019, 20:00 / HAU1
    Repertoire
    Fri 4.10.2019, 20:00 / HAU1
    Cancelled
    Tue 12.5.2020, 20:00 / HAU1
    Cancelled
    Wed 13.5.2020, 20:00 / HAU1

Credits

Production: She She Pop. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Festival Theaterformen, Münchner Kammerspiele, Kampnagel Hamburg, Schauspiel Leipzig, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Kaserne Basel, ACT Independent Theater Festival Sofia, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, by the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe and within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Location

HAU1
Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin

There are two marked parking spots in front of the building. Access to the Parkett by means of a separate entrance with lift when necessary. Barrier-free restroom facilities are available. Advance notification advised.

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