Garden of Chicks*
Welcome to a very special kind of playground! The GARDEN OF CHICKS* is a bar, strip club and safe space, providing a venue for feminist workshops and encounters with a thrilling atmosphere. The CHICKS* will take care of everyone – every body is welcome! And it all takes place in what used to be Düsseldorf’s largest public toilet.
GARDEN OF CHICKS* is site-specific and always different, fluid and never finished. In different sections the group combines elements from two works ‘SOFT SKILLS gonna bite’ and ‘LOVE ME HARDER’, in which it examined masculinity. In GARDEN OF CHICKS* the artists present the audience with intimate moments in which they can refine their own very personal gender utopias. In a cosy séparée they offer private strip shows, loving attention in a song only for you, genital design workshops or the chance to transform yourself into a person of another sex.
But all this is exclusive! Proximity to themselves and others is something visitors first have to earn. But everyone will have a turn, everyone will be taken care of and waiting won’t take long: the hosts will serve drinks and snacks and the “statistics of invisible facts” guarantees surprising insights – beyond all shame but quite anonymous.
How is gender constructed? Which part of gender is created by interaction, what only becomes visible then? The GARDEN OF CHICKS* is the place to try all this out. And to do so in what was once Düsseldorf’s largest public toilet.
By: CHICKS* freies performancekollektiv, mit: Onur Agbaba, Eva G. Alonso, Adela Bravo Sauras, Marietheres Jesse, Elischa Kaminer, Gianna Pargätzi, Julia Ritter, Artemiy Shokin, Joana Tischkau
Contact for touring enquiries: Gianna Pargätzi / Marietheres Jesse, info[a]chicksperformance.de
Produced by CHICKS* freies performancekollektiv. ‘GARDEN OF CHICKS*’ is a compilation of the productions ‘SOFT SKILLS gonna bite’ and ‘LOVE ME HARDER’. ‘SOFT SKILLS gonna bite’ is produced by CHICKS* independent performance collective in co-operation with Mousonturm Frankfurt, Hessische Theaterakademie, Theater neben dem Turm Marburg, funded by the City of Frankfurt Culture Department, City of Giessen Culture Department, Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin, Hessische Theaterakademie and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. ‘LOVE ME HARDER’ is produced by CHICKS* independent performance collective in flausen+-co-production with LOFFT – Das Theater und theater wrede+ Oldenburg, funded by the State of Lower Saxony’s Ministry of Science and Culture, Stiftung Niedersachsen, the City of Oldenburg, FemRef Oldenburg, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen and the City of Leipzig Culture Department. This measure was co-financed with tax revenue in accordance with the budget passed by the members of the Saxony State Parliament.
CHICKS* freies performancekollektiv brings together various experts and interdisciplinary artists in the idea of a queer//feminist network. The artistic leadership team consists of Gianna Pargätzi and Marietheres Jesse, who have been working together as directors, scenographers, performers and advocates of theatre and feminist empowerment since they studied Cultural Studies and Aestehtic Practice at Hildesheim University. In 2015 along with the dramaturg Laura Kallenbach and Bremer Mädchen* und Frauen* they founded the CHICKS* independent performance collective. Their first two productions, ‘LANDSCHAFT mit CHICKS. how to bleed one week a month’ (2016) and ‘CHICKS* UNITED’ (2017), were both invited to the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen der Jugend. In 2018 these were followed by ‘SOFT SKILLS gonna bite’, ‘LOVE ME HARDER’ and ‘GARDEN OF CHICKS*’.