As part of West Off 2020, Not Fabulous presents: FOLX.
From and by: Otto(line) Calmeijer Meijburg, Igor Meneses, Paula Pau, Lucas Lopes Pereira
Music: Igor Meneses aka ANDRAS_2020
Photography: Ygor Bahia
Alecrim, alecrim dourado
Que nasceu no campo
Sem ser semeado
In this work, we invite our grandmothers and grandfather onto the stage, both in spirit and on Skype, to take on the role of storytellers during this evening. As children of the coloniser and the colonised, we are searching to find traces of ourselves, of our queerness, in our histories in Malaysia, Brasil, Indonesia and the Netherlands. Where and how shall we start, to find (or create) our stories in either folklore, ritual, proverb or song? By creating a web of dance, music, video interventions, storytelling and listening we move through time together with the audience, leaving no one behind.
Not Fabulous is a dance and physical theatre collective based in NRW, consisting of four gender non-confirming artists. FOLX is the second piece of Not Fabulous.
2.12 - 6.12 Studiobühne Köln
12.12 FFT Düsseldorf
All performances in spring 2020 cancelled, premiere TBA!
Performed and created by: Ottoline Calmeijer Meijburg & Johanna Büttler
Music by ANDRAS_2020
Handgemacht im Gefängnis
Direction: Ottoline Calmeijer Meijburg
With: Aline Bucher, Massiamy Diaby, Emil Felhofer
Produced at Folkwang University of Arts Essen
A twenty minute, satirical physical theatre piece on the exploitation of prison labour in German prisons. An ode to all prisoner's and activists fighting for the minimum wage for prison labour.
Premiere 2019 Maschinenhaus Essen
Artistic direction: Elisa Hoffman
Performed and co-created by: Johanna Büttler, Lucy Blasche, Lucy Flournoy, Amelie von Godin, Ottoline Calmeijer Meijburg, Julia Berger, Nina Zorn, Elina Brams
Directed by: Ottoline Calmeijer Meijburg
Performed and co-created by: Kah Chun Pau, Lucas Lopes, Igor Meneses
"I wear the boy they gave me no more" Lucas Lopes
Femininity as performed and embodied by male assigned individuals is often celebrated and adored in a show context. They are deemed powerful and beautiful and fabulous, as long as they are on stage. But what about the moments before and after the show? What can consciously chosen and performed femininity look like, what shape can it take when the goal is not to entertain? (it is and is not). In this piece the three performers physically explore questions and notions of community, shame, desire and isolation, and invite the audience to take part in this journey.
Costumes by Harrison Rodrigues. Music by Igor Meneses. Developed at Folkwang University of Arts in May 2018, performed in Essen, Cologne (Villa Concha Queer Performance Night), Bochum (Beyond Binary festival Atelier Automatique).
Created and performed by: Ottoline Calmeijer Meijburg
“The cyborg skips the step of original unity, of identification with nature in the Western sense. It is a hybrid of machine and organism. Cyborg imagery can suggest a way out of the maze of dualisms in which we have explained our bodies and our tools to ourselves. It is an imagination of both building and destroying machines, identities, categories, relationships, space, stories.
Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.”
Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Harraway 1991
This piece, inspired by Harraway's Cyborg Manifesto and a personal critique on essentialist discourse, explores the space after failure, after failure to become, to assimilate. Juxtaposed to flashing images of Kate Bush as a symbolic goddess, this cyborg attempts to move and be moved in ways that conform to the norms of heteronormative femininity.
Created and performed at Folkwang UdK , Essen.