Based on smaller presentations, films, musical contributions and texts, experts from performance, dance, music, theatre, art and science invite you to an informal and open conversation. Open for discussion are their ideas and their access to current gender themes between questions of masquerade, masculinity, #MeToo, #thefutureisfemale, queer objects and much more.
shaping desire and sensation
In positioning drag as a practice of shaping desire and sensation, Sheena revisits some old looks and reframes them for the nights salon. Dealing with hard and soft matter, struts, warm ups and fast dressing, they will touch and tease out other desiring sensual subjects in us all.
Reading Salome and queer opera
What is intriguing about the relation of opera/music theater and gender? Which questions emerge with working on opera/music theater? or are even answered? On the one hand there is all the frumpy stuff in opera, on the other there are moments, in which opera is quite modern in hindsight to questions of gender or race.
In the centennial of the opening of Magnus Hirschfeld's Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in Berlin, many cultural institutions are 'going queer', so I guess we're living in really queer times. But what does it mean for time to become queer? Which other temporalities of performance become possible, both in terms of programming as well as in relationsship to history?
I'm Gonna Need Another One
I'm gonna need another one is a monologue which speaks about the endless, the things we do not yet know, a constant tasting, a re-tasting, a going-back-in, a short pause. Jen Rosenblit will linguistically track the disappearance or fleeting temporality of the body, or maybe as close as we can come to meaning - where absence is as confusing, expansive and immeasurable as the constructs of genders as we think we know them. Making sense is something she is interested in doing but not bound to. Consider that a table could be a person, a thing could be a memory and a fantasy could manifest in the form of wanting more chairs. She never means just one thing.
Hosts: Kirsten MAAR and Jenny Schrödl
Kirsten Maar is an assistant professor of dance studies at Freie Universität Berlin since 2018 and a dramaturge. Her research focuses on choreographic processes in the 20th century, the dissolution of boundaries between choreography, architecture, and the visual arts, as well as the change of discourses on gender, ethnicity and class since the 1960s.
Jenny Schrödl is an assistant professor of theatre studies with a focus on contemporary theatre and performance art at the FU Berlin since January 2015. Her research focuses on Contemporary Theatre and Performance Art, Theory and Aesthetics of the Voice, Gender/Queer Theory and Performance as well as on duo-performances and artist couples.
CONCEPT Kirsten Maar, Jenny Schrödl GUESTS Sheena McGrandles, Johannes Müller, Jen Rosenblit, Eike Wittrock
Supported by funds from the performance-oriented allocation of funds for the advancement of women and gender equality at the Department of Philosophy and Humanities of Freie Universität Berlin.