20:00 Uhr
20:00 Uhr

Learning feminism from Rwanda

Flinn Works
FFT Juta
Dauer: 75 min // Sprachen: Englisch mit deutschen und französichen Übertiteln
19€/11€ erm.

Rwanda has long since achieved what women in Europe are still struggling for: 61% of their members of parliament are female. The East African country has made gender equity the basis of its politics after the 1994 genocide. In Germany, however, parity is still far off, and while gender equalisation has been fixed in the constitution since 1949, only 31% of the Bundestag members are women.


On the stage, a Rwandan drum is the key to power. In bygone times, it was only played for the king. Now, the performers* play for the queen. For Merkel. For parity. With inflammatory speeches, statistics, dirges and protest choreographies, they perform for poor Europe that struggles for meagre quotas, while female Rwandan pilots fly blood bottles around the country by drone and digital data rushes to the smartphones of female delegates.


LEARNING FEMINISM FROM RWANDA views the women’s quota as a political instrument and the change in culture and mindset it brings about. Six performers follow the trail of Rwandan fast-track feminism through gleaming statistics and glass ceilings right to a glimpse behind the backdrops of home and stove. What lesson could Europe learn from Rwanda?


Due to the ongoing pandemic, two performers* will make their appearances live while three others will participate by video.


Flinn Works
Flinn Works (formerly Flinntheater) is an independent freelance theatre and performance group. Gathered around director Sophia Stepf while employing shifting, oftentimes internationally cast teams, Flinn Works develops multi-perspective theatre performances on topics within a globalised world. Flinn Works regularly cooperates with Sophiensæle Berlin. Among their additional partners are Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) and Staatstheater Kassel. In 2014, Flinn Works won the Support Award of the Zurich Cantonal Bank at the Zurich Theatre Spectacle for their production Shilpa – The Indian Singer App, and it was among the nominees for 2017’s George Tabori Award. With Global Belly, Flinn Works took part in the Impulse Theatre Festival 2018.
Artistic Direction: Lisa Stepf & Sophia Stepf. By and Featuring: Yvette Niyomufasha, Natacha Muziramakenga, Wesley Ruzibiza, Nirere Shanel, Lisa Stepf, Cornelia Dörr. Stage Direction: Sophia Stepf. Video Design: Marc Jungreithmeier. Composition: Andi Otto. Insertions: Sophia Inanga. Costume: Tatjana Kautsch & Ensemble. Lighting Design: Susana Alonso. Assistant Direction: Annekatrin Utke. Production Rwanda and Dramaturgy: Louise Mutabazi. Production Management & Company Management: Gustavo Fijalkow. A Flinn Works Production in cooperation with EANT Festival/Amizero Kompagnie. In coproduction with Theater Freiburg, Sophiensaele Berlin, Goethe Institute Kigali, Kaserne Basel, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg – scène européenne. In cooperation with Staatstheater Kassel, Theater Tuchlaube Aarau, FFT Düsseldorf. Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and European Affairs, the Cultural Department of the City of Kassel, Gerhard-Fieseler-Stiftung, Between Bridges. Supported as part of the Alliance of International Production Venues with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.