An audio-visual search for one’s own voice
Breathe in – Breathe out.
Formulate, fabulate, deconstruct, and spell it out.
A cheer, a scream, a lump in the throat, a stutter – a chorus.
A performative experiment about the quiet and loud struggle for one’s own voice;
About the moment of raising one’s own voice, failing to and trying again.
In their performance “LAUTSPRECHER*INNEN” (SPEAKERS), Tala Al-Deen and Anso Dautz will explore the processes involved in the moment of raising one’s own voice. To do this, they will use the medium of puppet and object theatre. This work will make the fight between quiet and loud for one’s own voice visible, audible and tangible. Bodies and objects will be used as resonant spaces of collective history.
Based on and inspired by texts and speeches by the Black American poet and activist Audre Lorde, the group wants to bring out the revolutionary potential of the inherent fight for one’s own voice. As Audre Lorde wrote, “it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.“
The performance emerged at the end of the residency awarded for “Unser Land. Punkt” during the Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei 2020.
Play & concept Tala Al-Deen, Anso Dautz artistic sound consultation Antonia Manhartsberger external perspective / dramaturgy Britta Tränkler
In the summer of 2020, as part of a residency for the Schwindelfrei Festival, a group of friends who also happened to be activists and artists produced the performative audio-walk “Unser Land.Punkt.” The work amplified the voices in a society of the many and invited listeners to share a common space.
These voices spoke to us and set something in us in motion. This is when we (Anso Dautz and Tala Al-Deen) decided to explore the moment that voices are raised in a performance. The project LAUTSPRECHER*INNEN is a shared quest and exploration that would not have been possible without our smart friends who lent us their voices.
Accompanied by Antonia Manhartsberger (Klangkunst) and Britta Tränkler (Außenblick), this project also represents the final B.A. thesis in Visual Theatre and Puppetry (HMDK Stuttgart) for Anso Dautz.
Tala Al-Deen has been active in the independent theatre scene in Leipzig since 2010 at Spinnwerk Centraltheater, the workshop at LOFFT – DAS THEATER and in chamber plays among other places. Since 2012, she has been a member of the theatre Go figure! and since 2016, has worked as a singer and stylophonist for the Frau Sammer band. She studied drama in Graz and has been a permanent company member at the Nationaltheater since the 2018/19 season. In addition, she has acted in many film and TV productions.
Anso Dautz studied drama at the University of Leipzig from 2014-17 and has appeared in many productions in the independent theatre scene in Leipzig, including with the performance group friendly fire. In addition, she is one of the co-founders of the improv punk band Marianne Kotzt (2015). She completed her studies in puppetry at the HMDK Stuttgart in 2021. She has developed independent projects in which she also performs such as the slideshow LOVEBOX, which was one of the performances invited to the 2019 at.tension #8 festival.
Britta Tränkler with a focus on bodies and objects, produces independent theatre in Leipzig. She completed her studies in puppetry at the HMDK Stuttgart in 2019. Some of her most important works are “Ich bin gut isoliert (I am well insulated),” “Echar el Cuerpo (Throw out the body),” and “Für dich reiß’ ich die schönsten Blumen raus (For you, I would rip out the prettiest flowers).” These pieces were shown at Westflügel Leipzig, FITZ! Stuttgart, Imaginale Stuttgart, Incanti Theatre Festival Turin and der at.tension. https://brittatraenkler.pb.online/
Antonia Manhartsberger completed her studies in musicology in 2014 at the University of Vienna. Since then, she has been pursuing a master’s degree in computer music at the Institute for Electronic Music (KunstUni Graz). Her work includes multi-medial installations and performances, instrumental compositions, live electronic music, audio-visual pieces as well as scores for the theatre, film and audio books. She performs as DJ Auto and is a member of the Frau Sammer band. https://antonia-manhartsberger.mur.at/
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