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Joana Tischkau

“For Black Individuals, Childhood can feel very nostalgic because once you become aware of the gravity of your identity, you can never go back. (…)” – Mithsuca Berry (Bildende*r Künstler*in)Beyoncé and Jay-Z, “The Prince of Bel-Air”, “Married... with Children”, “The Family Duel” or The Kelly Family – societal ideas of family are often established by (pop-)cultural representations. Although it seems obvious that kinship and close, intimate, kinship-like relationships can work independent of physiognomic similarities, non-white as well as queer people are constantly denied this kind of connection.

YO BRO - Joana Tischkau | Hebbel am Ufer
YO BRO - Joana Tischkau | Hebbel am Ufer Röttger

The HAU co-production “YO BRO” questions standard, normative representations of family by playfully revisiting them and distorting them. Joined by her twin brother Aljoscha Tischkau, who works as a social pedagogue, the choreographer and performer Joana Tischkau has developed a piece that explores cultural and art-historical representations of kinship relationships. Using the performative potential of their bodies, they create images of similarity and difference, thereby retelling family history / histories.

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Participating artists
Joana Tischkau (Regie)
Joana und Aljoscha Tischkau und Familienmitglieder aus Berlin (Performance)
Carlo Siegfried (Bühne)
Nadine Bakota (Kostüme)
Frieder Blume (Sounddesign)
Elisabeth Hampe (Dramaturgie und Künstlerische Mitarbeit)
Nuray Demir (Künstlerische Mitarbeit)
Sondi (Video & 3D Animation)
Hendrik Borowski (Lichtdesign & Technische Leitung)
Laura-Marie Preßmar (Assistenzen)
Ina Trenk (Assistenzen)
Katharina Kraatz (Assistenzen)
Lisa Gehring (Produktionsleitung, Distribution Joana Tischkau)
Hebbel am Ufer - HAU2
Hebbel am Ufer - HAU2