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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.

KEY VISUAL Pelenakeke Brown: Enter // Return
KEY VISUAL Pelenakeke Brown: Enter // Return © Jan Grygoriew

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.


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Performance, Director Pelenakeke Brown Performance Design Imogen Zino Sound Design Jesse Austin-Stewart ProduCTION Jessica Palalagi Production Support Deborah Lagaaia Paulo

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