Sheena McGrandles
Figured + Flush

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FEBRUARY 20 | 19.00 PM | Premiere

In Figured and Flush, Sheena McGrandles explores radical temporality. With great attention to detail, Figured exposes the absurdity and artificiality of everyday gestures. Flush, following Gertrude Stein, breaks down linear and traditional forms of storytelling-perhaps even evoking a new lesbian temporality and aesthetic.

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          matthaei & konsorten Sneak Preview: Die Sumpfgeborene

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          2021 February 23 | 19.00

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          Live from the Sophiensæle canteen – with sandwiches, wandering photo wallpaper and baroque instruments in their luggage – matthaei & konsorten give an exclusive insight into their project Die Sumpfgeborene via Zoom. In this second of a total of three phases, the team together with the audience looks back on the test drills that took place in September 2020 at off-the-beaten-path locations in Berlin. At the same time, the ensemble invites the audience to a sneak preview of the filmnovela – and takes live questions from the viewers.

          In September, matthaei & konsorten set out on scenic journeys of discovery to the edges of the city with the first part of the interdisciplinary performance Die Sumpfgeborene (The Swamp Born), in order to infuse out-of-the-way places in Berlin with baroque material. Berlin, born of swamp and named after it, slowly began to become what it is today in the 17th century. Against the opulent backdrop of the current cityscape, director Lukas Matthaei and his team plow through the motifs of the bygone era and examine them for their suitability for the present: the lust for splendor and abundance, the admiration of technology and scenery, and the need for symmetry and deception.

          Under the label MATTHAEI & KONSORTEN the director Jörg Lukas Matthaei works together with artists from different disciplines. Since 2000, almost 50 works of various orientations have been created: From productions for the stage, installations and discourse productions to the development of new formats for urban landscapes, which have been a focus of the work for several years. Stagings by matthaei & konsorten can be encountered in all places that also occur in the lives of their actors or visitors. Recent works include COOP3000 eine neosolidarische concerngründung (Urban Arts Ruhr), BAILE BASSENA (Vienna Festival), URBAN MAGIC (Bangalore) and with the Sophiensæle most recently Im Apparat der Kriege (2014 Sophiensæle + radio version for rbb and others) and Verschwörung der Idioten. Between 2015 and 2016 they regularly presented the Idiotensalon at the Sophiensæle. matthaei-und-konsorten.de

          By and with Adrian Navarro, Bati Nehoya, André Nittel, Volker Sobottke, Anne Welenc Director Jörg Lukas Matthaei Assistant Director Sofie Neu DRAMATURGy Milena Kipfmüller MUSICAL DIRECTOR, COMPOSITION Klaus Janek DESIGN, COSTUME Michael Graessner Assistant Design Sofie Karlotta Maurer musicians Klaus Janek, Milena Kipfmüller, Michael Metzler CHOREOGRAPHY Adrian Navarro TECHNICAL DIRECTION, LIGHT DESIGN Chris Umney PRODUCTION DIRECTION Sarah Stührenberg CAMERA Florian Krauss EDITING Federico Neri PHOTOGRAphy Merlin Nadj-Torma Public Relations Nora Gores SOCIAL MEDIA Alexandra Lauck

          Die Sumpfgeborene is a production by matthaei & konsorten in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and Theater Thikwa. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Fonds Darstellende Künste from funds of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung