Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer Pelenakeke Brown Enter // Return

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© Jessica Palalagi, Pelenakeke Brown
Performance
September 09 10 | 18.00
Tickets
Festsaal
15/10 €

Premiere 

in English and Sāmoan

AUDIODESCRIPTION will be provided for both performances. Please register to attend by emailing barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or via phone 030 27 89 00-33. 

It is compulsory to wear an FFP2 mask. Exceptions are made for visitors who are unable to wear an FFP2 mask for health/physical reasons and for visitors who communicate in sign language.

For the first time in Germany, the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer presents a work by the Sāmoan/Pākeha artist Pelenakeke Brown. As a radical act, Pelenakeke places the queer, crip, indigenous body at the center of the performance. The piece follows associations around the two titular terms of Enter and Return, which she links to Indigenous concepts of space and time. At the same time, the words stand for two of the most important keys on the computer keyboard, giving us the opportunity to enter digital spaces. During the pandemic, inside spaces and home became much more than a place to shelter for many people: their own four walls were suddenly a sanctuary from the precarity of the outside world, where the Internet often acted as a portal. Thus, Pelenakeke Brown searches for the location of the queer, indigenous, and crip body in (digital) space. At the same time, the piece explores questions about social notions of dance and movement. With her collective of disabled artists, Pelenakeke Brown takes a new look at aesthetics and the art of the disabled body in this interdisciplinary performance.

Pelenakeke Brown is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and writer, Pelenakeke’s practice explores the intersections between disability cultural concepts and Sāmoan cultural concepts. Her work investigates sites of knowledge, and she uses technology, writing, poetry, and performance to explore these ideas.  She has worked with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gibney Dance Center, The New York Library for the Performing Arts and other institutions globally. Selected residencies include Eyebeam, The Laundromat Project, and Dance/NYC. Her work has been featured in Art in America and The New York Times. She was recognised in 2020 with a Creative New Zealand Pacific Toa award. 

IMOGEN ZINO is a designer and maker based in Auckland, New Zealand with a background in digital, industrial, jewellery and textile design. This allows her to draw from a range of disciplines and create unique and engaging experiences. Her works are intuitive and tactile in nature; delving into the relationship between body, surface and environment. Her work has been featured in and/or showcased at: Surface Design Journal (USA), Hello May (Australia), Architecture Now (NZ), Artzone (NZ) , The Dowse Art Museum (NZ), Artnow (NZ), The Big Idea (NZ), ECC New Zealand, Craft Aotearoa, Best Awards, Cafe L’affare, Design Assembly, Atelier Jones Design, NZ Festival of Architecture (2019), Re News, The Centre of Design Research, Good Health Design, Design for Health Journal, St Paul St Gallery & Thistle Hall.

Jesse Austin-Stewart is a sound artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. He is a composer, sound artist, producer, and academic and is currently completing his PhD at Massey University exploring barriers of capital to spatial audio. As a sound artist, Jesse creates works that explore ways to make the field of spatial audio more inclusive. This creative practice often explores the intersection of spatial audio and disability and hearing, while also acknowledging barriers of finance and education. He has written works for contemporary dance and film and composed and curated performance art works and sound installations, among other works which have been exhibited in Aotearoa New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Czech Republic, Greece, Sweden, and France. As a producer and audio engineer, he has recorded work for short films, orchestra, solo artists and bands, small ensemble, opera, and various other configurations.

Relaxed Performance
September 09 10
Show in a relaxed atmosphere

Performance, Director Pelenakeke Brown Performance Design Imogen Zino Sound Design Jesse Austin-Stewart Lighting Design Paul Bennett Taonga pūoro Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) ProduCTION Jessica Palalagi production manager Nahyeon Lee Production Support Deborah Lagaaia Paulo Enter//Return [Development] presented by Pelenakeke Brown in collaboration with Q Theatre

A production by Pelenakeke Brown in collobaration with Q Theatre, Auckland New Zealand, and SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Creative New Zealand and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York. The guest performance is made possible by funding from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung

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