T/HE/Y

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Piece

In his works, the Spanish dancer and choreographer Josep Caballero García, who has performed in German dance theater for Pina Bausch and Urs Dietrich amongst others, is constantly searching for a way to deal with gender issues through the medium of dance. In his new piece he examines masculinity as a physical performativity of daily life and as a non-biological category. García invites music artist Black Cracker, who has won various awards for his unconventional lyrics, and highly acclaimed multimedia performance artist Océan LeRoy – both famous figures of the Berlin underground scene – to join him in the project. Together they explore their individual performance practices on stage as a male identified trio. Based on the non-normative masculinities that all three are living, the group has come to call itself T/HE/Y – the pronoun commonly used in queer environments to name people in a gender-neutral way, beyond man/woman dichotomies. Throughout the piece, they are mutually adopting each other’s movement material and physical practices and exposing masculinity as a performative work and physical effort. Masculinity is thus explored beyond the attributions of identity as a relational movement practice of tensions between three bodies, that allows for the multiplication of maleness between gender discourses, pop and dance theater.

Costumes

The men's suit is considered emblematic of men`s clothing in the modern age and of the associated positioning of men within society. For T/HE/Y I used the trousers of a men's suit, though with differently shortened legs in order to deconstruct the symbolism of the classical suit and to bring out legs of individual bodies.

Concept & choreography

Performance

Dramaturgy

Sound

Light/techn. direction

Costume

Mentoring

Production-dramaturgy

Photos

Josep Caballero García

Josep Caballero García

Black Cracker

Océan Leroy

Margarita Tsomou

Alexandre Maurer

Milos Vujcovic

Lydia Sonderegger

Prof.Dr.Claudia Jeschke

Mira Moschallski

Dieter Hartwig

Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kampnagel (Hamburg). Supported by Kulturbehörde Hamburg and Fonds Darstellende Künste.  The re-run is supported by The Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs.