Consumption As A Cause of Coming Into Being
A humorous and edgy play with sadomasochistic elements, tender intimacy and a meditation on one’s own genitals. Two men in search of a new masculinity.
Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Stage 3
Language: English with German surtitles
Special after the performance on 20.06.:
Audience discussion with the artists and Rüdiger Jähne, Advisor on working with boys and men to the SKM Bundesverband. Chaired by Dietmar Kobboldt, studiobühneköln
Followed by: HOMING-PARTY
The visual artist Roland Rauschmeier and the performer Alex Bailey distance themselves from the pressure to be strong and autonomous, explore desire beyond social norms and question the generally prevailing concepts of gender and sexuality. How can men now enter a fulfilling relationship with themselves and the world around them? The Rotenburg cannibal attempted to do this by consuming another man. His story lies at the centre of our work. Would he have found a different way to fulfil his desire in another world?
The two performers look for alternatives in sadomasochistic games and a new type of meditation practice: while S & M appears as an affectionate way of venting fantasies of dominance and power, HOMing™ promises liberation from all the cultural expectations directed at male genitalia and their owners. Rauschmeier and Bailey report a completely new approach to the self – with a wink of the eye.
CONSUMPTION AS A CAUSE OF COMING INTO BEING is an uncompromising survey of male vulnerability, failed communication and the experience of simply being a dick.
Performance: Alex Bailey, Roland Rauschmeier
Set Design, Costumes, Props: Alex Bailey, Roland Rauschmeier
Sound Design: Pasi Antero Mäkelä
Dramaturgical Consultants: Camille Chanel, Richard John Jones
Management: Alexander Matthias Kosnopfl
Technician: Andreas Lendais
Contact for touring enquiries: office[a]wtkb.org
With thanks to: Elizabeth Ward, Krõõt Juurak, Anne Juren, Karin Seidel, Gerhard und Regina Schiefer, Phillip Schweiger, Christian Stoppacher, Lise Lendais, Susanne Bytyqi-Lawson, Dr. Matthias Berkemeyer, Viktor Schlosser, Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kalleinen-Kochta, Christoph Bruckner, Fouad Asfour, Manfred Unger
A co-production between Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung and brut Vienna. With generous support from the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.
Roland Rauschmeier is a German conceptual artist living in Austria. Alongside his work with digital media he has recently concentrated on performances and a series of events ‘2nd Thursdays’ in which he invites artists to present their work in the studio of the Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung. He collaborates with the German filmmaker Ulu Braun under the artistic pseudonym BitteBitteJaJa and with the French choreographer Anne Juren. He has had an affinity for acting since he was a young man.
The British artist Alex Bailey (Pony) lives and works in Vienna and since 2015 has concentrated primarily on the field of dance and performance. After graduating in Photography, he studied at the Sandberg Institut in Amsterdam, where he met Krõõt Juurak. Together they conceived the project ‘Performances for Pets’ in 2014. Since 2016 Alex Bailey has regularly been involved in dance and performance productions.
Pasi Antero Mäkelä is a Finnish performer, choreographer and musician. His performances are largely based on the Butoh dance form. Mäkelä himself has developed a Finnish version of Butoh. In recent years he has worked on performance and music projects in Finland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria.
Camille Chanel was born in Paris and studied in Berlin, writing her Master’s dissertation on the discomfort of the audience. She currently also works with Lise Lendais, Fanni Futterknecht, Elisabeth B. Tambwe and Sarah Blumenfeld and translates plays by young Austrian writers into French. She lives in Vienna.
Richard John Jones is a graduate of Central Saint Martin School of Art. His work explores the formation of community and strategies for autonomy, a history of anti-assimilationist queer movements, practices of witchcraft and neo-paganism. He lives in Marseille.
Alexander Matthias Kosnopfl was born in Salzburg and studied Theatre Studies, Dramaturgy and Economics. He has worked in the education departments of the Vienna Burgtheater and the Theater an der Wien and was subsequently dramaturg for the Israeli-British company A2.
Andreas Lendais, born in Hallein, is a trained sculptor. He lives in Vienna and has been working as a freelance light technician and designer for Wiener Festwochen, Viennale, Tanzquartier Wien, Salzburger Festspiele and steirischen herbst, amongst others.