Label for One
Label for One
Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensaele cannot be approached by car on Dezember 17, 2023.
In terms of social mobility, there is no guarantee of return and the conditions of exchange remain unclear. Hendrik Quast approaches his change of class, from non-academic circumstances to the art world, via detours: re-enactments of various experiences of foreignness, repetitions of coming outs as well as strategies of adaptation.
The material for these performances represents a personal archive of price tags, labels and tags. Interpreting and implementing dress and costume codes of the theater and art world become an incessant process of teasing and passing while changing classes. In a staged meal, Quast plans to eat these labels. Through the act of the price tag meal, Quast reflects on fantasies of conformity, envy of embodiment, unmediated histories of origin and illness, set against the backdrop of class (non)belonging. Quast thus exhibits the artistic activity of the class changer as a fragile process of labeling and re-labeling one's own identity and practice, on and off stage.
“Until I'm convinced, after shopping, that the things suit me and I suit them, I leave the price tags on. But when the exchange period expires, I would rather eat them. Otherwise, it might come out, what I can afford. By having this meal, I'm playing it safe that really no one finds out what I'm worth now.” (Hendrik Quast)
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- Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensaele cannot be approached by car on December 17. Further information on how to get there and parking can be found here.
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Text and Performance: Hendrik Quast
Artistic collaboration: Michel Wagenschütz
Graphic design: Christina Mäckelburg
Production: Lisa Gehring
With a processual concept of theater,Hendrik Quast devotes himself to performing techniques such as ventriloquism, pantomime or musical singing and explores the dissolution of boundaries in entertainment culture. He allows these to collide with everyday practices, crafts and cultural techniques such as taxidermy, funeral floristry or nail design. In these settings, Quast appears as an exaggerated alter ego that follows its own language foils, logics of action and necessities of action. The audience is challenged by subversive comedy to critically relate to marginalised topics such as social origin and (precarious) forms of work, attributions of illness/health and the relationship between nature/culture. Born in Celle in 1985, the queer action and performance artist studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen. He has been working as a solo artist and in the performance duo Quast & Knoblich since 2009. His performances have been realised with institutions such as Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main), Gessnerallee (Zurich), FFT Düsseldorf, Theater Rampe (Stuttgart), Sophiensæle (Berlin) and Kampnagel (Hamburg). His works have been shown at international performance and art festivals such as Impulse Theater Festival, steirischer herbst, Festival a/d Werf (Utrecht) and International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg). He adapted several theater works as radio plays for WDR Cologne (including Nagelneu, 2021, Radio Play of the Month Year 2021 German Academy for the Performing Arts). In 2022 he is a fellow at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and at Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, Japan. Since 2023 Quast is an artistic PhD candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts and is doing a PhD on humour and illness in the performative arts in cooperation with Zurich University of the Arts.