Impulse Theater Festival

Düsseldorf, Cologne and Mülheim an der Ruhr

13— 23 June 2019

Julian Warner / Oliver Zahn: SEXISM, RASSISM AND NATIONALISM. A REHEARSAL/A DEMONSTRATION

SEXISM, RACISM AND NATIONALISM. A REHEARSAL
16.06. 14:00–16:00 20.06.
14:00–16:00
Next to Parkcafé 3.0, Venloer Straße 65, tram/train stop ”Köln West“

SEXISM, RACISM AND NATIONALISM. A DEMONSTRATION
23.06. 17:00–18:00
Bahnhofsvorplatz, tram/train stop ”Köln Hauptbahnhof“

Language: German

Since New Year’s Eve 2015 Cologne has been regarded as a dangerous place. In discussing the events, racist fears of non-white men have found an outlet and the urgently needed discussion about sexualised violence against women has been stifled. Three and a half years later Julian Warner and Oliver Zahn direct a political demonstration on the station forcourt itself and two rehearsal in a park. Actors slip into the roles of historic speakers who have expressed themselves in Cologne over the last century on women’s rights, sexualised violence, immigration and racism. Together with the audience they will investigate narratives, images and discourses that have flowed into reporting and commentary on the events of New Year’s Eve and look for new ways through the tensions between right-wing propaganda and traumatic experience.

Performers: Eszter Andok, Chiara Battaglia, Jana Baumann, Malik Cukoski, Sadrija Cukoski, Benjamin Denke, Richard Gellert, Victor Govoi, Hanna Grigat, Zsòfia Gyarmati-Jeschke, Tim Hebestreit, Anne Heydecke, Friederike Kötter, Danila Lipatov, Kilian Löderbusch, Julia Maxis, Hrista Obretenova, Jonathan Penschek, Esther Pramschiefer, Horst Reichelt, Barbara Schmalen, Marianna Schmidt, Claudio Tardio, Alina Valjent, Franziska Wachs, Amalia Zafeiri

Research: Jenny Bohn

© Robin Junicke
© Robin Junicke
© Robin Junicke

Julian Warner is a freelance cultural anthropologist operating where art meets academia. He has worked as a performer and dramaturg for a range of performances with Oliver Zahn and as an ethnographer and dramaturg for Anta Helena Recke’s black copy of ‘Mittelreich’. Julian Warner is co-editor of the anthology ‘Alliances: Critical Practice at White Institutions’ and works as a curator at the Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and the Sophiensæle. He lectures at the universities of Göttingen and Hildesheim as well as LMU Munich.

Oliver Zahn’s performance essays often revolve around memory, nationalism and the body — and are always based on extensive research. In addition to ‘Situation mit ausgestrecktem Arm’ and ‘Situation mit Doppelgänger’ (with Julian Warner) he has also devised ZWEITER VERSUCH ÜBER DAS TURNEN (as HAUPTAKTION, together with Julian Warner and six other collaborators — to be seen in this year’s Impulse SHOWCASE) and most recently the solo ‘Teutona’, that will tour internationally from 2019.