Machine to become – which Witch? / Machine to become
in english, german
The performance experiment explores old and new witches’ powers with movement, sound and stories
Why did we learn to fear witches and not those that burned them – or the power structures that legitimized oppression that persists internalized until today? The witch is reawakening as a feminist* archetype of empowered experiential knowledge, fueling activism and subverting domination. How do old and new witches’ powers move us? What do we need to (re)enchant? Which witches will we find?
„Machine to become“ presents performance experiments to tackle complex concepts and transform powerful stereotypes through working with audience assumptions, stories, sounds and movement. After the “Machine to become_Woman” we invite you to enter with us the “Machine to become-which Witch?”
Concept, Direction Caroline Alves, Nora Haakh, Natalie Riedelsheimer
Performance Caroline Alves, Gaya Dandara, Nora Haakh, Mareike Jung, Natalie Riedelsheimer Live Music Stefanie Sylla, RENU (Renu Hossain) Vocal Coaching Stefanie Sylla Artistic Assistance, Movement Preparation Guilherme Morais Set Design Sara Grötsch Set Design Assistance Bridget Hollins Costume Design Michelle Ferreira Light Design Hanna Kritten Tangsoo Production MIFRUSH Production (Micaela Trigo & Urszula Heuwinkel) Production Assistance Tâmera Vinhas Video Documentation Zé de Paiva, Kathleen Kunath Public Relation Pocket Design Webdesign Saskia Ziese PR Photo Lin Hektoen
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.
Machine to become presents performance experiments to tackle complex concepts and transform powerful stereotypes working with audience assumptions, stories, sounds and movement.
The project was conceived of in the frame of Oito Solos +1, a platform of Grupo Oito, in 2016 by dancers/choreographers Caroline Alves and Natalie Riedelsheimer who continued to develop and perform the first part, “Machine to become-Woman”. In 2019, dramaturg Nora Haakh joined and together they developed a trilogy on complex concepts, translating the approach from the first piece to tackle critical whiteness and the figure of the witch, for which they collaborate with a growing network of artists.