10.02. - 12.02.2023 Premiere & Shows Ballhaus Ost Berlin
In »Queens« the historical figures Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I are two washed-up, undead drag queens. Together with Penthesilea and Valkyrie, they have been living a shared existence in Limbo for around 500 years.
In the state of in between there were enough different sub- and parallel worlds for each of them to rule. Through a supernatural force, the gates to the present now open. Confronted with their earthly past and in the face of unchanged patriarchal power structures, the idea of trying a joint regency suggests itself.
»Queens« moves between opera, drag and drama and is based on critical feminist research on queens in German drama. It plays with literary, historical and pop cultural heritage to allow new readings on the relationship between gender and power.
Direction, text & concept : Anne Welenc
Performance, collaboration text & music-composition: Daniel Hellmann, Shlomi Moto Wagner
Music-composition, Performance, collaboration text: Valerie Renay
Costume & design: Michel Wagenschütz
Mask design: Christina Neuss
Video: Anna- Lena Fröhlich/ JAMES
Performance video: Annina Machaz
Video- documentation & trailer: Hanna Schaich
Light: Jones Seitz
Costume and equipment hospitancy: Joana Lucas
Assistance costume production: Elias Johannsson
Production management: Kim Walz
A production by Anne Welenc in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR, by the Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur and by the aid program DIS-TANZEN of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR.