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Picture: Katrin Ribbe
Oratorium by She She Pop
Picture: Katrin Ribbe
Picture: Katrin Ribbe
Oratorium by She She Pop
Picture: Katrin Ribbe
Picture: Katrin Ribbe
Oratorium by She She Pop
Picture: Katrin Ribbe
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She She Pop

Oratorio

A collective meditation on a well-kept secret

“Let it belong to those it is good for.” (B. Brecht)

Property changes consciousness. It divides friends, gives one person power over others and excludes. Property is taken for granted. And people don’t talk about it. Nothing is so constitutive of our society, or our lives together; nothing has such a divisive effect on our community as property. With ORATORIO, She She Pop wants to air the secret of property, to drag it out onto a stage.

It is said that Western theatre began with the protagonist Thespis, who stepped out from the choir 2,500 years ago. But you could also say: it was the moment that the stage was privatised. Since then, the individual has been consistently overrated, overburdened and emotionally exploited. ORATORIO would like to shed some light on the context of the bourgeois public, property and democratic empowerment.

Together with each choir of local delegates and their audience, She She Pop will start a discussion on property and examine their own relationship to ownership, the distribution of goods and its related problems. Inspired by Brecht’s Lehrstücktheorie, they develop rules for a dialogical theatre show and form discordant speaking choruses, which renegotiate with each performance how we deal with property. Who is allowed to speak? Who is present, who is represented? A collective monologue emerges from the diversity of voices, discord, and occasional, momentary harmony.

ORATORIO is a work-in-progress, the premiere of which takes place in 2018 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. A first showing took place in June 2017 at the Theaterformen 2017 in Hanover and further, at the Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival in Lublin and the ACT Independent Theatre Festival Sofia. From here, ORATORIO sets off on a tour of Europe, in the course of which it will gather momentary impressions from other economic microcosms, and at each stop along the way, it will evolve into a great multi-voice meditation.
Production: She She Pop. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Festival Theaterformen, Münchner Kammerspiele, Kampnagel Hamburg, Schauspiel Leipzig, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Kaserne Basel, ACT Independent Theater Festival Sofia, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe.