In order to explore the way how to present oneself: Cheeeese!´s point of departure was questioning mechanisms: How do I present myself? How do I like myself? How can I gain authority in the prospect of female beauty and change its normation to look better? Do I have the possibility to interfere in the ongoing process of judgment and opinion that reproduces the same ideals of beauty over and over again?
Three female performers are lying on stage in between two photo cameras, two beamers and quite some sound equipment. They are dressed for a night out, wearing high heels but in the end it turns out that they stay. They stay for the show´s duration on stage and they stay for the show´s duration on the floor. The well known female silhouette with the increased long legs and the hollow back is only there as a never realized possibility. With the decision to stay on the floor the hierarchy of gaze is been disturbed. With the undefined borders between human bodies and technical bodies the categorization gets more and more difficult. So it happens that throughout the piece a choreography of sound, music, text, body and gaze developes. It leaves the spectator to define his or her own position in relation to this exposed lascivious physical landscape.
Production, concept and performance: Gudrun Lange
Music and performance: Sylvi Kretzschmar
Dramaturgy and performance: Charlotte Pfeifer
Choreographic Assistence: Judit Abegg
Video: Lukas Raber
Organisation: Nicki Krisch, Nadja Lindner
Lights: Tim Lenzing
Coproduction: Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, Ringlokschuppen Mülheim
Sponsored by: Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, NRW Landesbüro Freie Kultur, Stiftung van Meeteren
With the support of Kampnagel Hamburg
Premiere Oct 27th 2010, Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, Juta
In Memoriam Ari Up, 1962-2010
Here once again Gudrun Lange looks into the phenomena of popular culture, and once again she does this with a sense of sensuality, paired with a sense of humour. Cheeeese! has become a remarkable work, exciting, something arcane and in a certain sense punkish.
Thomas Hag in Neue Rhein Zeitung, 29.10.2010