Picture: Benjamin Krieg
Picture: Benjamin Krieg
Picture: Benjamin Krieg
Picture: Benjamin Krieg
Picture: Benjamin Krieg
Oratorium by She She Pop
Picture: Benjamin Krieg
Logo of the Hebbel am Ufer

She She Pop


A Collective Meditation on a Well-kept Secret

Part of "Shame, Shame, Shame! 25 Years of She She Pop"

“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, which will premiere in 2018 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. First showings took place at Theaterformen 2017 in Hanover and subsequently also at the Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival in Lublin and the ACT Independent Theatre Festival Sofia. Now ORATORIO returns from its tour through Europe, during which it gathered momentary impressions of other economic microcosms and evolved intoa great polyphonic meditation at each stop along the way. 
Past dates
February 2018, March 2018, September 2018, October 2018
90 min
By and with
Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf and the choir of local delegates.
Sandra Fox
Lea Søvsø
Max Knoth
Artistic advice
Ruschka Steininger
Laia Ribera
Technical Director & Lightdesign:
Sven Nichterlein
Anne Brammen
ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro
Tour- Organisation
Tina Ebert
Aminata Oelßner
Company Management
Elke Weber
Premiere 09 Feb 2018
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.