Friendships play a major role in pop cultural narratives. In male friendships, loyal companions navigate their way through difficult situations in the heroic epic – while girlfriends sit gossiping in the café or play each other off the other. It is only through feminist struggles that strong female characters and thus strong friendships become visible. In Let's Just Be Friends, Simone Dede Ayivi interviews people who live their friendships as a feminist counter-concept to family businesses or marriages: Friends who do projects together or take on responsibilities for each other that are usually attributed to the close family context or romantic relationships between two people. How does an officially unbinding friendship change when we build houses together, raise children, start a business, or provide for old age?
At the same time, the performance invites friends to talk about their relationships with each other. Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices share their experiences with the help of videos, audio clips and drawn animations. Together, Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices will not only reflect on the meaning of friendship – but also celebrate it!
SIMONE DEDE AYIVI's performances explore issues of representation, resistance and community. Her works are biographically motivated, mostly interview-based research projects. With her accomplices she has developed performances in cooperation with the Sophiensælen Berlin, the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and the Festival Theaterformen. She has worked as a director at the Schauspielhaus Graz and the Theater Oberhausen. In 2022 she received one of the Tabori awards from the Fonds Darstellende Künste. Ayivi studied cultural sciences and aesthetic practice in Hildesheim. She is one of the authors of "Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum" and has published in various anthologies. She continues to write for Zeit Online, Tagesspiegel, Missy Magazin and taz.
CONCEPT, TEXT, PERFORMANCE Simone Dede Ayivi DRAMATURGY Aidan Riebensahm STAGE + COSTUME DESIGN Theresa Reiwer VIDEO Jones Seitz MUSIC + SOUND houaïda LIGHTING Frieder Miller PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Charlotte Rosengarth PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro TECHNICAL PRODUCTION Gefährliche Arbeit
A production by Simone Dede Ayivi and Kompliz*innen in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.