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VIECHER

Ball | Juli 2021 | Schaubühne Lindenfels | Katapult Performance Plattform | Leipzig

By: fachbetrieb rita grechen and Wisp-Kollektiv with: Julie Bader, Ömer Bayram, Emma Chapuy, Denis Cvetković, Viola Franke, Laura Immler, Hannes Köpke, Leo Köppen, OnlylaQuefa, Philip aka Phenix 007, Jasmina Rezig, Olivia Rosendorfer, Paul Schengber, Sofiia Stasiv, Yannik Stöbener, Veronika Wagner, Benjamin Wolf, Rahel Yohannes, Julius Zimmermann

The postcolonial and posthuman discourse have shown together that the term “human” is not a simple definition, but an instrument of power: not everyone is allowed to be part, and those who are denied humanity are outlaws. For example, Trump called Mexican refugees “animals”.

Viecher places itself in the queer tradition of appropriating insults and the ironic infiltration of normative expectations. Categories of the “human” are deconstructed using the queer PoC culture form of voguing, while the audience at a two-hour party is gradually transformed into critters who have shed human dignity and dances to tracks like “I'm a bitch” (I'm a female dog) and “high quality pussy” (excellent female cat). Also the audience can become intimate with non-human entities (fur, writing, plastic or functional clothing) in four different dark rooms without being observed.

Sponsored by the City of Leipzig. Funded by the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament. Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.