Anna Fries & Malu Peeters
“We need to learn to think of the anomalous, the monstrously different not as a sign of pejoration but as the unfolding of virtual possibilities that point to positive alternatives for us all… the human is now displaced in the direction of a glittering range of post-human variables.” – Rosi Braidotti
“Virtual Wombs” brings virtual reality into the theatre space and plays with speculative conditions. The work deals with mutation and transformation and with the potentials of worldbuilding, the creation of digital, reality-expanding worlds. The performers, both physical and virtual, take the audience on a tender journey into the womb of the pregnant post-human. Visitors are welcomed as small groups into this HAU co-production, a hybrid of a spatial sound environment, a light installation and a VR experience.
Drawing on their own experiences of pregnancy and inspired by the philosopher Rosi Braidotti, Anna Fries and Malu Peeters explore the construct of the pregnant post-human, where gender is not understood as a binary and where nature and technology are not in opposition to one another. Its pregnancy, rather, is technology. Its body is fiction and reality, animation and image. It is an ultimate, intimate experience of plurality, of possibility and of change – an attempt to rethink what it means to exist and to become.
In this piece, the artists build on years of collaboration, previously in the context of the performance collective Henrike Iglesias and the game theatre collective machina eX. Here, they explore their shared passion for virtual possibilities and immersive experiments, introducing the audience to unfamiliar places while creating safe and sensitive spaces.
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HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Tempelhofer Ufer 10
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