Antonia Baehr & Valérie Castan

(Berlin/Paris)

Misses and Mysteries – A Choreographic Radio Play

Mousonturm, Frankfurt

Frankfurt/Performance

Misses and Mysteries is at once a choreography, a Nouvelle Vague Drag Show, and a radio play. The process of audio description for visually impaired audiences is employed in order to verbally relate an imaginary performance. A speaker speaks a text, the musician Andrea Neumann accompanies her live on the inside piano. On stage, the performer William Wheeler, except for when he is somewhere else. Or someone else. One can see and hear words, actions, dances, childhoods where everything comes into play, where everything is contingent on play, where everything is play: drag, star-crossed love, cannibalism, fetishism, animism …

Freely inspired by The Girl Chewing Gum by John Smith (1976), Swan Lake by Marius Petitpa (1895) and Canaille by Valeska Gert (1919).

Concept, Text, Choreography: Antonia Baehr, Valérie Castan * Reader: Kate McInstosh * Performance, costume and choreography: William Wheeler * Music (inside piano, mixing board): Andrea Neumann * Scenography, lighting design: Antonia Baehr * German translation (text): Katja Roloff * English translation (surtitles): Corinne Hundleby * Matrix surtitles: Guillaume Cailleau (KITA) * Technical direction, lighting design: Rima Ben Brahim * Sound: Ian Douglas-Moore *
Proofreading: Reynalde Nicolin, Valérie Deronzier * Internship: Lois Bartel, Guy Marsan * Thank you to: Chantal Akerman, Antoine Doinel, Sabine Macher, Delphine Seyrig, Christophe Wavelet * Administration: Alexandra Wellensiek * A production of make up productions * Coproduction: Kampnagel (Hamburg), Buda Kunstencentrum (Kortrijk), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Theater Freiburg (Freiburg), Festival Uzès Danse (Uzes), NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag * Supported by: Berliner Senatskanzlei für kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berliner Senatskanzlei für kulturelle Angelegenheiten, ausland / berlin in the frame of the residence program, Artists in Residence program at fabrik Potsdam.

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