FEMALE GAZE? Eine queer-feministische Zusammenkunft/ URBÄNG! Festival
Orangerie Theater, Cologne, Germany
SALON in cooperation with Ensemblenetzwerk Freihandelszone and in the frame of URBÄNG! Festival
19.30 • FIGURED Sheena McGrandles
A wall, a beat, a crackling, throbbing, waiting, expecting. Is this a performance? Is this a glance, a twitch? Two figures begin a discontinuous journey along this wall, they appear and disappear again, they approach each other, pause, push forward, backward. Cut. Repeat. The bodies form, as if by themselves, in poses and gestures of desire, approaching and fleeing, they evoke memories of long ago sultry afternoons in the dusky park… or even completely different places and times. In the repetition of the smallest movements, in fine rhythms, new images and relationships, moods and tensions constantly emerge. Repetitive movement patterns unfold their own narration of the obsessive. The Berlin choreographer Sheena McGrandles performs with Annegret Schalke to the live sound of field recordings by Stellan Veloce.
20.15 • DRAG MYTHOLOGIES: Part IV Cupcake @queenofvirginity
The multiple award-winning genderfluid drag queen Cupcake, with roots in Beirut and based in Berlin since 2017, travels from the capital – with a performance intervention in her luggage, specially conceived for the Orangerie. Mind your gaze!
20.30 • FEMINA SAGA (Preview) Marie-Zoe Buchholz
Rebellious and loud, provocative and hyperfeminine, Düsseldorf-based performance artist Marie-Zoe Buchholz gives a queer, feminist response to sexism, patriarchy and the male gaze. In an excerpt of her first full-length solo performance FEMINA SAGA, she combines voguing, poetry, costume and song and tells history from a female perspective.
21:00 • TALK
With: Marie-Zoe Buchholz, Hassan Dib aka Cupcake und Prof. Dr. Susanne Spindler, Sheena McGrandles / Moderated by: Anna Volkland
The performances of the evening ask questions in very different ways about who looks at whom, who appropriates which gestures and passes them off as male or female – or plays with them ambiguously. Who desires, who empathizes, who exhibits and criticizes, who invites and challenges? The audience is invited to talk with the artists as well as with the social scientist Prof. Dr. Susanne Spindler (Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences), who conducts research on images of masculinity in the context of migration. Despite very different experiences, we want to discover queer connections and discuss differences in solidarity with all those present.
Curated in collaboration with Anna Volkland.
FEMALE GAZE? takes place in the framework of the project GASTGEBERSCHAFT Tanzpakt Stadt-Land-Bund. Stephanie Thiersch and MOUVOIR invite artists of any gender to show insights, outlooks and intentions of feminist art.