»Monkeys and apes have a privileged relation to nature and culture for western people: simians occupy the border zones between those potent mythic poles. In the border zones, love and knowledge are richly ambiguous and productive of meanings (…).«
(Donna Haraway, Primate Visions, 1989)
Man is a monkey to man. Or: Two humans play monkeys that play humans for humans. They get out of control and control themselves when training each other. They fervently learn know-hows and don‘t-know-hows. They sleep and grow apathetic, they blast slogans from populist speeches to pieces. They cannibalize poses, iconic dances, sticker slogans. Consul and Meshie play hybrid characters challenging the power of ascriptions. They swirl on the boundaries of the categories of nature/culture, man/woman, own/foreign.
A performance by Antonia Baehr and Latifa Laâbissi in a visual installation by Nadia Lauro.
CONCEPT&PERFORMANCE Antonia Baehr, Latifa Laâbissi
VISUAL INSTALLATION Nadia Lauro
FIGURES Antonia Baehr, Latifa Laâbissi, Nadia Lauro
LIGHT AND SOUND DESIGN Carola Caggiano
ADMINISTRATION & DIFFUSION Alexandra Wellensiek / make up productions & Fanny Virelizier / Figure Project
GAME DESIGN ›French Theory Memory‹ Hilà Lahav
THANKS TO: Vinciane Despret, Donna Haraway, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Melanie Poppe, Rayna Rapp, Constanze Schellow, Emilia und Kathrin Schlosser, Mia Sellmann, das Team von HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Jean-Yves und Danielle Auvray
PRODUCTION Figure Project / make up productions
Coproduction HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Le Magasin des horizons (Grenoble), CCN2, Centre choréographique national de Grenoble, Xing/Live Arts Week VII (Bologna)
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK Guest performance funding dance, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the Ministries of Culture and the Arts of the Federal States.