In their dance production SHE LEGEND, the choreographer duo Rykena/Jüngst goes in search of the queer potentials of the comic world, its superheroes and their choreographic translations to the stage. Inspired by the visual power, the abstract and bizarre forms of expression of comics, Lisa Rykena and Carolin Jüngst transform themselves into futuristic, cyborg-like shape-shifters and become illustrations of their own pathos. With their bodies they draw grotesque comic figures, dilettantish anti-heroes, megalomaniac characters and complicit heroines. With exaggerated gestures and expressive facial expressions, they move through imaginary landscapes of myths, legends and apocalyptic backdrops. They overwrite heroic narratives, invent super powers and sing of their own metamorphoses. They question their own heroism and embody non-conformist figures in the fight against the dominant narratives.
CHOKE HOLE returns! The New Orleans based and internationally acclaimed “Extreme Drag Wrestling” show returns to Kampnagel for the first time since their triumphant 2021 debut. The wrestling collective recently wrapped up a residency at AREA15 in Las Vegas and are now on the hunt for new talent, hosting CHOKE HOLE : BOOB CAMP, a week long workshop at Kampnagel theatre to pass on their extreme drag wrestling knowledge. Ten participants will take part in a rigorous curriculum, learning everything necessary to become a trained CHOKE HOLE performer. Then they’ll “graduate” at a final show, where students will showcase what they’ve developed - framed by show fights by CHOKE HOLE professionals and followed by a set by Choke Hole performer, self-proclaimed "Body Building Barbie" and international DJ celebrity Miss Toto (Chicago). Let's get ready to rumble! CHOKE HOLE places a queer lens on the traditionally machismo world of wrestling, using drag and queer performance to intensify and make apparent the inherently flamboyant and camp elements of professional wrestling. The event itself combines lip sync performances, choreographed wrestling matches, acting, character building, and video elements to create an overarching storyline, which builds a fully immersive nightlife experience. CHOKE HOLE wrestlers and matches are defined by one of the most important queer performative tools, exaggeration. From a crazed real estate investor fighting for her right to gentrify against an alien-bug squatter, to a washed up pop star, and a conspiracy-spouting white-dread-sporting cop, the show reflects what we see and experience locally and culturally, but amps it up to ridiculous heights.
The multimedia performance is an allegorical performance-essay that speculates about the possibilities of returning to a primordial state of fluid equality amongst all lifeforms. With little action and much space for mind-wondering it invites to linger and digress while listening to atmospheric water sounds, pounding bass drums or the seductive voice of Baby Marcel. In his works Max Gadow focuses on the investigation of Western myths and power structures and derives performative processes from them. The formats range from installations to workshops and stage productions. With vT.corp Max Gadow presents »Sexy Straight White People« in December 2022 at Ballhaus Ost.
Play the game, but play it smarter than the Jesses out there. Be faster, fly higher, show them what you’re made of. And when you’re ready, there’s still enough room for a life without this constant charade. Because then they’ll have to listen to you. The private sphere is political. Especially in the lives of the artists inside H&M. It is so political, in fact, that there no longer seems to be any boundaries to anything at all. Everything is art. Even the private. But above all the political. If H&M is not a fashion label, not a queer artist couple, and certainly not a representative of the hip Neukölln club culture scene, then what are they? A film whose image does not show itself. An exhibition whose context is missing. A song without artists. A piece within a piece without a piece. Along with catharsis that flushes down the toilet. Projections and fragments, assemble only in the viewers. »Sexy Straight White People« is a theatrical performance about the power of gender identities. vT.corp challenge habits of seeing, living and sex, to question the ways of life and forms of love of the heteronormative mainstream.