Göttinnen / Goddesses
Interdisciplinary Music Spectacle
from Teresa Grebchenko, Justyna Koeke and Ensemble Rot
Together, artists from new music, performance art, burlesque and sculpturing celebrate the divine powers of women*. Old, universal myths and stories are mixed with images of women* today and reinterpreted. Feminine creativity and matriarchy are both central ideas of the music theatre piece on the content level as well as in its collective anti-hierarchical production process. Göttinnen dares to experiment to allow artistic diversity to be parallel and equally important.
With the “Goddesses”, positive counter-images to the commercial exploitability of women* and their bodies come onto the stage. They stand for self-determination and solidarity and are directed against the exploitation of the weaker.
Premiere 21 & 22 February 2020, 20.00 at Theater Rampe, Stuttgart
29 April 2020, 20.00 at E-Werk Freiburg, Cancelled Due to COVID-19
"Göttinnen" consists of four pieces of music, including one improvisation and three commissioned compositions, which will be premiered by Ensemble Rot and a performance artist with every member. The pieces and their staging focus on different aspects of femininity and empowerment: the respective leitmotifs are power, nature, intellect and love.
Composition: Isabel Pardo, Performance: Justyna Koeke
Composition: Meike Senker, Performance: Mimosa Pale
Improvisation from Ensemble Rot, Performance: Raunchy Rita
Die Kraft des Fleisches (2020/ Premiere)
Teresa Grebchenko, Performance: Sabrina Schray
Photo: Daniela Wolf
Video: Ella Estrella Raetzer
How can women empower themselves against the sexualized images that are constantly forming anew in our society? Can it help to recall the old myths of matriarchy or the Woman of the Apocalypse? This is what the four women of Ensemble Rot, founded in Freiburg in 2017, try: the way they play around with drums, xylophones and other percussion instruments is worth seeing and hearing in itself; how Teresa Grebchenko, Yuyoung Jin, Nanae Kubo and Nagisa Shibata increase the tempo with tremendous concentration, taking rests, letting the silence work, then again hammering hard the instruments in order to generate very soft, delicate tones in the next moment, remembering the virtuosity of Japanese women's drummers. The group is characterized by strength and a strong sense of rhythm.
For “Goddesses”, a co-production with KV Gästezimmer, Theater Rampe Stuttgart and E-Werk Freiburg, the Ensemble Rot has teamed up with the sculptor and performance artist Justyna Koeke and other female artists. The result is four scenes, for which three young female composers from Freiburg create the music and female artists from different genres appear. The connecting bracket is the music, dramaturgically and thematically the self-determination of women, which is diversified in terms of content as well as aesthetics. Justyna Koeke has created sets and costumes that work with symbolic moments but remain sometimes also just decorative.
In the first piece, “Quyca”, in Columbian legends the goddess of Space, the image is dominated by a tent-like structure, a pile of brushwood and a small mountain of hay, from which decoratively a stork figure protrudes, left forwards there is another, smaller tent. Little by little, Justyna Koeke freed – as Quyca in red tights, her bare breasts in wreaths of sunshine and on her feet mighty snakes – the four musicians who gently strike singing bowls. Isabel Pardo has created a delicate composition that uses small percussion mechanisms to match movement patterns, because the four players are also through fir branches and other materials prevented from quick movements on their feet. The scene has the appearance of the Genesis creation narrative, in which the goddess creates a world for women.
In “Free Love”, the second scene, the stage is taken over from the improvising musicians with their instruments. With oversized headdresses, decorated with breasts and stars, the group communicates with Raunchy Rita, a burlesque dancer who moves around in a coat draped with many breasts. Self-ironically, she performs the classic gestures of her genre, drops her coat and throws “breast balloons” into the audience. In the “gesture of giving” (according to the program), the cosmos is also to be evoked here, as suggested by a mythical eye in the background of the stage. In a constantly swelling crescendo, the different forms of love become present in movement and rhythm.
In the third scene acts once again a mythical figure, Klotho, spinning the threads of life. To the composition of Meike Senker, the visual artist and performer Mimosa Pale feels and moves a sculpture that reflects the structure of a diamond, the “tear of the goddesses”. Carefully the player feels her way to the object, sets it in motion, listens to the notes until she begins to stretch threads, on which small rhythm instruments are attached, across the entire stage, so that in the end the mirror image of the structure of the diamond dominates the stage. In “Power of Flesh”, a scene for which Teresa Grebchenko composed the music, it is about physical strength. Sabrina Shray embodies a “strong” woman, trumped by a drum solo, modeled on the traditional Japanese Nō-Theater, and an aggressive game of drums and the sound splintering tiles.
From four perspectives, “Goddesses” develops its effect with different performative formats; it arises from the interplay of music and visual arts, supplemented by dance forms of movement. The leading medium always the music, which conjures up a magical-mythical world. And what’s more, it’s entertaining!
“DIE deutsche BÜHNE” from Manfred Jahnke on 22.02.2020
Gefördert von / Funded by:
Innovationsfonds Kunst des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg, Karin-Abt-Straubinger Stiftung und den Deutschen Musikrat.
Ein Projekt in Kooperation mit KV Gästezimmer e.V., Theater Rampe Stuttgart und E-Werk Freiburg.