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Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer: ENTER // RETURN, Sophiensæle

10. September 2022 18:00



For the first time in Germany, the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer presents a work by the Sāmoan/Pākeha artist Pelenakeke Brown. As a radical act, Pelenakeke places the queer, crip, indigenous body at the center of the performance. The piece follows associations around the two titular terms of Enter and Return, which she links to Indigenous concepts of space and time. At the same time, the words stand for two of the most important keys on the computer keyboard, giving us the opportunity to enter digital spaces. During the pandemic, inside spaces and home became much more than a place to shelter for many people: their own four walls were suddenly a sanctuary from the precarity of the outside world, where the Internet often acted as a portal. Thus, Pelenakeke Brown searches for the location of the queer, indigenous, and crip body in (digital) space. At the same time, the piece explores questions about social notions of dance and movement. With her collective of disabled artists, Pelenakeke Brown takes a new look at aesthetics and the art of the disabled body in this interdisciplinary performance.

A production by Pelenakeke Brown in collobaration with Q Theatre, Auckland New Zealand, and SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Creative New Zealand and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York. The guest performance is made possible by funding from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.

The event will be held in English and Samoan spoken language. It is compulsory to wear an FFP2 mask. Exceptions are made for visitors who are unable to wear an FFP2 mask for health/physical reasons and for visitors who communicate in sign language. Audiodescription will be provided for both performances. Please register to attend by emailing barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or via phone 030 27 89 00-33.

Admission: 15/10 €
You can buy the tickets here.

Location: Festsaal
Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte

Photo: Jessica Palalagi, Pelenakeke Brown