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Ever since her indie hit Liebe wird oft überbewertet (Love is often overrated), it has been clear that the underground icon Christiane Rösinger, who comes from the Black Forest and has lived in Kreuzberg for decades, is both the harshest and funniest critic of the "RZB". Rösinger has not only dedicated a non-fiction book to "couple criticism", i.e. questioning the glorification of the "romantic relationship" that has coagulated into an ideology and is supposed to make everyone happy come hell or high water, but also a large part of her legendary, witty and melodic songwriting with titles such as Die Pärchenlüge (The Couple Lie) or Mein zukünftiger Ex-Freund (My Future Ex-Boyfriend).


The best antidote according to the Lassie Singers co-founder? A feminist self-confidence that doesn't dwell on conforming to oppressive norms of femininity, but instead seeks fun in the collective and in being alone (and perhaps in being with the big black dog that she so fervently wishes for in her latest work together with Stefanie Sargnagel, Iowa). Much like Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Rösinger knows early on that female salvation cannot lie in subordinating one's life to a classic couple relationship. Early songs such as Freundinnen müsste man sein show what Rösinger has made increasingly clear in recent years with her directorial work in the theatre: feminist and class-struggle alliances are what keep us alive - and above all bring us pleasure into old age. Because:  "Once the boyfriend is on the sofa, no car or moped will help".

Christiane Rösinger (she/her) is a Berlin-based musician, songwriter, author and theatre director. With her band Lassie Singers, she anticipated the boom in German-language indie music at the end of the 1980s, and with her musical follow-up projects Britta and her solo career, she continued to take a humorous and melancholic-critical look at everyday phenomena, sexism and class society. In recent years, she has also been a successful author and theatre director with plays such as Planet Egalia and Die große Klassenrevue.


With Christiane Rösinger (author, musician and theatre director), moderated by Sonja Eismann (editor of Missy Magazine)


This event is part of the series FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES, an intersectional, discursive accompanying programme curated by Sonja Eismann (editor of Missy Magazine) and Josephine Papke (author and journalist).
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May 2024
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