Simone Dede Ayivi and her accomplices are firing up their ovens. They’ve come together to cook, having gathered recipes, shopping lists, entire cuisines – and, indeed, kitchens. And all of this along with the accompanying stories about family relationships and processes of separation, culinary assimilation pressure, fake fufu, the hummus paradox and kofta exoticism. They are taking a stand against the German aversion to caraway and garlic, hacking the potato system and opening up a few storage jars. They present hard-to-digest issues as light fare and lift the lids on each other’s lives and histories. Together they are writing the theatrical cookbook of their culinary migration heritage and asking: what will we be cooking tomorrow?
In “Home Cooking”, Simone Dede Ayivi stands as a performer in the kitchens on the stage. People from the most diverse communities, generations and places share their stories and recipes in video and audio plays.
The music and sound design for this piece builds a lot on sampled, edited, and processed cooking- and eating noises. The sound system is a basic 4.1 surround set up. However, there are also 4 transducers directly mounted on various surfaces of the set-kitchen. Those are mainly used as hidden speakers for the voice recordings (to create intimacy and a specific sense of space), but also for sound effects and to make the construction vibrate and resonate.
Co-production: SOPHIENSÆLE, Festival Theaterformen / Funded by a basic subsidy from the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, the HannoverStiftung and by the Fonds Darstellende Künste through funds from the Federal Commission for Culture and Media
“Bodybilder” (transl. “Body Images”) was originally planned as a live performance by the young dancers of the Staatstheater. Due to the Corona Pandemic we decided to instead shoot this short film about bodies, body images, social media.
Von und mit: Milena Breideband, Sara Bursac, Royem Gültekin, Elena Horne, Katrin Kia, Sarah Kia, Nele Wegerle
Künstlerische Leitung:Marina Grün Konzept und Choreografie: Marina Grün, Katelyn Skelley Sound- und Musikkomposition: Johannes Birlinger Video:De-Da Productions Fotos: De-Da Productions Kostüme: Ronja Bendel Text „ich passe hier nicht rein“: Sarah Kia Assistenz und Interviews: Veronika Regler
Weitere Teilnehmer*innen in der Recherchephase: Charlotte Buchner, Christina Dithmar, Lena Faber, Carolin Zheng Grau, Julia Marx, Nora Mitra, Matilda Oelmann, Jonna Öhl, Lilian Öhl, Anna Ryschka
This performance-essay about parks was conceived by Venla Helenius and Milka Luhtaniemi. The sound design consisted of a 8.1 surround arrangement, the base being recordings of spoken word, both in Finnish and English. Additionally, I worked with live loops of Livia Schweizer’s flute playing. The material for the composed parts of the sound design also consists mainly of sampled flute sounds. We were happy to use Tatu Nenonen’s self-built subwoofer (which also served as part of the set design with a summer-meadow growing on top of it).
CREDITS Concept, texts, performing, spatial design: Venla Helenius and Milka Luhtaniemi Lighting design and spatial design: Sofia Palillo Sound design and composition: Johannes Birlinger Flutist and improvisation: Livia Schweizer Voice over: Aino Lintunen English translation: Eve Lahikainen
In this research-based performance about questions of personal future, professions, identity, I worked with 4 tape recorders on stage. The sound design was the result of a meticulous choreography of playing back different tapes by the performers. On the tapes were pieces of music relevant to themselves but also edits of interviews with children and other experts as well as composed sound design and music by myself.
“Atlantis” was a performance with kids aged 10-12 from the island of Rügen, Germany. We followed the myth of the sunken city of Atlantis and interwove it with the young dancers’ images and experiences of their own island home.
Kompanie Kopfstand. On tour since 2013. Germany wide.
Photo by Jörn Haufe
Photo by Jörn Haufe
“Trau Dich” has been commissioned by the German ministry for family, health and social as part of a campaign to prevent sexual abuse on children. After a long research period that involved children as experts, the play premiered in March 2013 in the Renaissance Theatre Berlin. It has been on tour through theatres nation wide ever since, reaching more than 250.000 children. We have additionally given a lot of talks and presentations around applied theatre in general as well as art and child-protection specifically.
A “Kompanie Kopfstand” Production • Directors: Annina Giordano & Christopher Gottwald • Text: Tina Müller • Video: Sonya Schönberger • Stage Design: Michael Ottopal • Music: Johannes Birlinger • Theatre Pedagogue: Charlotte Baumgart • Performers: Julia Bihl, Lisa Scheibner, Julian Hackenberg, Johannes Birlinger, Charlotte Baumgart, Johanna Malchow, Helge Gutbrot, Marcus Thomas, Adrienn Baszo • Technical Crew: Michael Ottopal, Denise Potratz, Tobias Nöthen, Lasse Schwank
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