Inspired by the “Take back the Night” demonstrations that have been taking place on Walpurgis Night since the 1970s, Lea Sherin and Soraya Reichl, together with an ensemble of teenage and young adult performers, embark on a search for forms of resistance against patriarchal and heteronormative power structures. They center the young participants perspective on the night – and the often exclusionary politics of pleasure and lust associated with it. The figure of the witch inspires them to ask: Who has always used the night as a site of resistance? What rituals were and are practiced under the protection of the night? And who is appropriating whose rituals today? In hidden places in Berlin's urban space, What the Hex?! invites you to a performative and interactive audio nightwalk. Together with the audience, the performers explore the allure of the night, re-enact various rituals, test utopias and conquer the night!
SORAYA REICHL is a theater pedagogue, performer and educational consultant.
Her work focuses on the artistic and political empowerment of young actors. She has worked at the Maxim Gorki Theater, the Ballhaus Naunynstraße, the Theater an der Parkaue and the Sophiensæle.
LEA SHERIN is a theater pedagogue, dramaturge and performer and works in different contexts in the field of cultural and political education. In her artistic work she deals with power-critical and diversity-sensitive perspectives as well as empowerment.
WITH Jules Alkanaan, Frederica Brinkmann, Viola Lucia Casciaro, Somi Dubuque, Franca Kalasse, Lea M. Krieger, Thanh Dung Nguyen, Antonia Nilling, Elina-Mariya Pantsyr, Pauline Utecht PROJECT MANAGEMENT Soraya Reichl, Lea Sherin SOUND, COMPOSITION Robin Plenio COOPERATION SOUND, COMPOSITION Thanh Dung Nguyen LIGHTING Ariana Battaglia COSTUME Roxanne Töpper
A production by Soraya Reichl and Lea Sherin in co-production with Bildungsteam Berlin-Brandenburg and SOPHIENSÆLE within the frame of Leisure & Pleasure, supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.