20:00 Uhr
20:00 Uhr

Take It Like a Man

The Agency
Ergo Ipsum, Herzogstr. 89, 40215 Düsseldorf
language: english/german
19€/11€ (erm.)

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In the work cycle “New Men*s Movement” THE AGENCY deals with the connections between masculinity and right-wing thinking in the post-digital age.


Does the crisis of the “man” hold the potential to finally renegotiate not only gender images? What can a „New Men* Movement“ look like that opposes patriarchy, that does not mourn itself, but also does not fall into fear and anger? A movement that acts in the current climate beyond identity-political classifications and reimagines masculinities?


After the first two parts of the work cycle “Gather up, Man up” and “BOYS SPACE”, the protagonists of “Take it like a man” meet to ignite a utopian movement of de-powering. Torn between therapeutic chair circles and confessional exercises, sung manifestos and radical physical boundaries, the losers and winners of the neoliberal patriarchy struggle for a format in which masculinities can be reconfigured and linked to a left-wing agenda.


The audience* is invited to try out hybrid identities as male characters and to become part of the „New Men* Movement“.

In cooperation with Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf publication project Maskulinitäten.


Members of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen receive reduced tickets for the performances at the price of 9€. Please have a membership confirmation ready at the box office.


Before the performance on 18 October, there will be a discussion with Yana Thönnes, Magdalena Emmerig and Rahel Spöhrer from the performance group THE AGENCY, Kathrin Tiedemann (Artistic Director, FFT Düsseldorf) and Eva Birkenstock (Director, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf) as part of the international exhibition, event and publication project “Maskulinitäten” Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf.

by and with THE AGENCY und Nile Koetting, Heinrich Horwitz, Liina Magnea, Chang Hun-Chung, Neave Armin Helve, Robert Gallinowski, Daniel Degeest, Solisten des Münchner Knabenchors. Sound Design and Composition Boys choir: Nile Koetting. Composition Boys Choir: Evelyn Saylor. Direction Choir: Felix Rücker. Management Choir: Angelika Rücker. Dramaturgy: Rahel Spöhrer. Creative Production Management: Sofie Luckhardt. Technical Direction: Amina Nouns. Assistant Director: Stella Nikisch. Assistant Stage and Costume: Nicola Gördes, Johanna Senger. Thanks to Arlie Russell Hochschild und Michael Kimmel. A PRODCTION BY THE AGENCY. In Co-Production with Münchner Kammerspiele and  FFT Düsseldorf. Supported by Pact Zollverein. Funded by the Cultural Office of the City of Munich.

THE AGENCY is a young performance group that immersively experiments with the manifestations of neoliberalism. Their performances, in which audience members are gently involved as customers or future members, revolve around subversive options of agency under the conditions of the post-digital: How are our desires, our feelings, our identities and political movements formed in the post-digital age? And how is it possible under these conditions to create counter-emotions, counter-identities, counter-movements? The artistic works take on neoliberal connotations of formats and their aesthetic strategies such as branding and corporate identity, overturn the institutionalized technologies of the self in a critically affirmative way – and struggle for a utopian potential from a queer-feminist perspective.

THE AGENCY was founded by Belle Santos, Yana Thönnes, Rahel Spöhrer and Magdalena Emmerig in 2015.