She She Pop
Work for Live Art Denmark
2005: “Warum tanzt ihr nicht?” at Berliner Luft 2 in Kanonhallen
Warum tanzt ihr nicht?
The ballroom is a promise, a place of great anticipations and secret desires and – as desires so often do not suffice – a place of hidden plans, old and new strategies and their spectacular staging.
She She Pop turned the theatre space into a dance floor and showed the ballroom with all its myths as a pitfall of pathetically exaggerated expectations. Fantasy and reality diverged dramatically: Every dancer – prom queen, wallflower, gentleman or gate crasher – was caught in their role.
The audience moved back and forth between the ballroom and a video lounge where the performers’ private confessions to a live camera were projected: they may watch the other dancers or invite each other to dance, they may identify with the fantasies of the performers or even try to fulfil them! Whatever they decide to do – either in close encounter on the dance floor or from a reserved view outside in the video lounge – they become participating witnesses of hopeless situations and glorious triumph.
About the Artists
She She Pop is a performance collective that was founded in the 90s at the Giessen Institute for Applied Theatre Studies. Its members are Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf and Elke Weber.
The members of the group are predominantly women and they work as a collective. The performers see themselves as authors, dramaturges and practitioners of their stage art. The inclusion of their own autobiographies is above all the method and not the purpose of their work.
The result is a form of theatre firmly committed to experimentation. The stage is always a place of intense publicness. Here, decisions are made, ways of speaking and social systems are tested, and speech gestures and social rituals are tried, rehearsed or discarded. She She Pop sees its task as a search to find the social limits of communication – and to go beyond the protective space of the theatre, in both specific and artistic terms.
Read more about their current work on their website.