Impulse Theater Festival

Düsseldorf, Cologne and Mülheim an der Ruhr

13— 23 June 2019


An ecstatic club night that shows how even within subcultures, power structures continue to operate uninterrupted. Money makes the queer world go around.

13.06.18 21:00 – 22:30 Tickets Schedule
16.06.18 21:30 – 23:00 Tickets Schedule

Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Club
Language: English and German

13.06. and 16.06.: Party with the PINK MON€Y Crew after the performance
14.06., 22:00: Concert A JOURNEY WITH ANNALYZER

© Suzy Bernstein
© Suzy Bernstein
© Suzy Bernstein
© Suzy Bernstein

PINK MON€Y is the currency used to buy tolerance. It is the money brought into a country by targeted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersexual and queer tourism. This performance by South Africa, German and Dutch artists explores the basis of this phenomenon: Who is spending this money? Who is receiving it – and for what price? 
‘PINK MON€Y’ is queer, loud and joyous. Club culture, fashion and dance meet hard facts and biographical accounts. The white European drag king with all his privileges meets a black gay man who reports of his experiences with white sex tourism; the black lesbian butch with her pronounced machismo meets a DJ who doesn’t want to be pigeonholed. Beats throb in the background and above it all hangs the question of who is allowed to live out their sexuality on what terms and who isn’t.  Race, class and sexual orientation appear as factors that are linked together in many ways, causing privilege, exclusion and violence. Not only in South Africa. ‘PINK MON€Y’ is a performance, a party and a protest all rolled into one.


By and with: Annalyzer, Djana Covic, Nico de Rooij, Kieron Jina, Mbali Mdluli, Antje Schupp
Idea: Antje Schupp
Performance: Annalyzer, Kieron Jina, Mbali Mdluli, Antje Schupp
Performing Vocalist: Anelisa Stuurman aka Annalyzer
Visuals, DJ: Mbali Mdluli aka Miz Buttons
Choreography: Kieron Jina
Scenography, Visual Dramaturgy: Djana Covic, Nico de Rooij
Costumes: Marie Fricout, Sithembiso Mngadi
Œil Extérieur: Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs
Production Management: Bernhard la Dous (born2perform), Thabiso Pule (Creative Tree)
Contact for touring enquiries: Bernhard la Dous, bernhard[a]


Eine born2perform-Produktion in Koproduktion mit Kaserne Basel, PATHOS München und Netzwerk Freier Theater (NFT). In Zusammenarbeit mit Soweto Dance Project, City of Johannesburg, University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture und Studio SIDF. Mit großzügiger Unterstützung durch Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, SüdKulturFonds, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art und Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung.


Antje Schupp studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies and Cultural Studies in Vienna and Directing for Theatre and Opera at the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich. She directs spoken and music theatre and develops her own performances and projects which are concerned with the relationship of the individual to her/his socio-political environment. In collaboration with Beatrice Fleischlin she has created ‘there's something about love’, ‘LOVE.STATE.KOSOVO’ and ‘Islam für Christen - Ein Crashkurs (Level A1)’; with Ariane Andereggen ‘trust us: don’t trust us’, and in 2014 the solo ‘REIN GOLD’. In March 2018 her production of the baroque opera ‘Montezuma’ by Antonio Vivaldi was premiered at Theater Ulm.

Annalyzer aka Anelisa Stuurman is a musician, singer, composer and actor.  She began as a gospel singer before studying opera music. Later she experimented with various styles of music from a range of cultures from which she evolved her own genre: Annalyzer combines the sound of her homeland South Africa with hip hop and singing.   

Djana Covic was born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and grew up in the Black Forest. She studied Film and Art with Harun Farocki at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and Transmedia Art with Brigitte Kowanz at the University of the Applied Arts in Vienna. Djana Covic works as a dramaturg, performer, lighting designer and stage designer. She is a visiting lecturer at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel and a member of the Scenographic Infrastructure Development Foundation (SIDF).   

Nico de Rooij studied Theatre Studies in Amsterdam. His professional career spans an arc from popular events to advanced aesthetic installations and theatre works.  He has developed stage and lighting design concepts for Stage Entertainment, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Secret Cinema London, Ghent Light Festival, MS Dockville, Nationaloper Warschau, SpielArt, Landestheater Linz, Nationaltheater Kosovo, Music Beyond Mainstream, Freestate Art Festival and The Basel School of Design.

Kieron Jina was born in Durban. He uses performances, choreography, photography and video art to tell personal stories that explore themes of social relevance. In 2016 together with Marc Philipp Gabriel he created the dance performance ‘Shave that Gummi’ that was shown as part of the Foreign Affairs Festival at the Berliner Festspiele in ‘The Brother Moves On’. In 2017 he created the performance ‘Down To Earth’  in collaboration with Marc Philipp Gabriel for Tanzfabrik Berlin. Jina is co-founder and curator of Queer Art Night South Africa.

Mbali Mdluli was born in Soweto and studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. Her work has been presented in the group exhibition ‘Revamp’ (Dead Bunny Society, 2015), and the solo exhibitions ‘A City Reimagined’ (Parking Gallery, 2013) and ‘Unresolved’ (Room, 2015).