The festival opens with a clash of cultures generated from a loving perspective on the local tradition of “Garde” dancing. In between the opening speeches choreographer Reut Shemesh presents a specially adapted version of her work WITNESS, which she devised together with the Garde dancers of the State Capital Düsseldorf.
Welcome to a very special kind of playground! The GARDEN OF CHICKS* is a bar, strip club and safe space, providing a venue for feminist workshops and encounters with a thrilling atmosphere. The CHICKS* will take care of everyone – every body is welcome! And it all takes place in what used to be Düsseldorf’s largest public toilet.
Anhand der Puccini-Oper „Madama Butterfly“ und ihrer eigenen Biografien führen eine Sopranistin und eine Schlagzeugerin durch die spannungsreiche Geschichte eines Genres zwischen Rassismus und einer Besetzungspraxis, die sich nicht für Herkunft und Ethnie der Darsteller*innen interessiert.
Rocky crags, a mammoth, swaths of mist: the opulent stage design transports the audience to the cave in the Neandertal, where the skeleton of an early human was found in 1865. Here a fur-clad actor reveals the vulnerability of his soul in a touching monologue and searches for an answer to the question of whether — and, if yes, then how — we want to live together.
What is femininity? Who does it belong to? And why is feminisation regarded as something negative? Four performers describe their struggle to live feminine lives their own way. They use dance and language to draw intimate self-portraits from what they have experienced, what they have longed for and social realities between India and Western Europe.
Do away with nature and bring on politics! Club Real has established a community government in Vienna where all living creatures from snails to chestnut trees are equal members of a single political body. In Düsseldorf they will open the State Archive and present the work of the Parliament of Organisms.