She She Pop
50 Grades of Shame
A picture album inspired by Wedekind’s Spring Awakening
An alternative sex education in which the teaching materials are the performers’ own bodies
The female performance group She She Pop aspire for experimental creativity that transcends hierarchy. Its work invites onto the stage the stories of various people’s lives, such as the members’ actual mothers or women who grew up on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall.
Inspired by Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, a tragic tale of adolescence, and E. L. James’ controversially explicit erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, this “picture album” performance features She She Pop alongside other male and female performers of different ages. The men and women, young and old, take turns performing the roles of teachers and students in a classroom during a sex education lesson, exposing their own bodies and the shame accumulated inside them without any decorum. What is sex? What makes a woman a woman? What makes a man a man? What does a child know?
The experience of sex is constantly changing. Its norms and conflicts, too, cannot escape politics, history, and ideology. On a large screen we see the bodies of the performers captured live on camera, squirming in a jumbled-up collage of differing generations and genders. This grotesque and ridiculous chimera perhaps forms an entirely new body for us after the boundaries of the individual have melted away.
- Kyoto Prefectual Citizens' Hall ALTI
- Performed in German with Japanese and English surtitles
- Berlin, Germany
She She Pop
A performance collective founded in the 90s at the Giessen Institute for Applied Theatre Studies She She Pop has been based in Berlin since 1998. The collectives members, predominantly women, are Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou and Berit Stumpf. Their creative producer is Elke Weber. Working outside the hierarchies that are found in a repertory theatre company, they perform and create works as a collective. The performers see themselves as authors, dramaturges and practitioners of their stage art. She She Pop’s work is a form of theatre firmly committed to experimentation. Since 2003, the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre (Berlin) has been a continuous co-producer and co-operation partner. In 2010 they received the “Wild-Card” prize for their work Testament and in 2011 the Goethe-Institut Prize at Festival Impulse. Following Drawers in 2013 and THE RITE OF SPRING in 2014, this marks She She Pop’s third appearance at Kyoto Experiment.
|Concept||She She Pop|
|Performance||Sebastian Bark, Jean Chaize, Jonas Maria Droste, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Susanne Scholl, Berit Stumpf, Zelal Yesilyurt|
|Artistic Coordination||Lisa Lucassen|
|Artistic Advice||Ruschka Steininger|
|Lights / Technical Direction||Sven Nichterlein|
|Surtitles||Panthea / Anna Kasten|
|Production / PR||Ehrliche Arbeit - freelance office for culture|
|Company Management||Elke Weber|
|A production by||She She Pop and Münchner Kammerspiele|
|Co-produced by||HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, FFT Düsseldorf, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt a.M. and Kyoto Experiment|
|Funded by||Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities [New Vision – Performing Arts / Gender / Society], Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe|
|Supported within||the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media|
|Co-presented by||Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|