D A W N
a musical on reproduction
PERFORMANCES 25th & 26th September 2021, Heizhaus Berlin
DAWN is an autobiographical feminist sci-fi musical on the topic of reproductive futurism. The work is parallel to my current personal project - the conception of a baby with my wife - and shows the complexity of the theme of reproduction by seeing the child as an ambiguous symbol of hope. Which bodies may and can reproduce how and where? Where does the need to reproduce come from? Will our child become part of a generation that brings about change and a new hope for the future? And what is our responsibility?
DAWN interweaves three science fiction stories with multiple personal and political perspectives on the subject of reproduction and leans on the tropes of the musical combing singing, dancing and text. It will be performed by four bodies on the edge of fertility and a small choir of childless people that act as antagonists. DAWN negotiates different perspectives on reproduction, parenthood and the figure of the child. It shifts between science fiction scenarios, hegemonic and marginal perspectives (disabled, trans/non-binary) and unfolds within the framework of a picnic - a cosy place of reproduction in the sense of recreation.
Although DAWN draws on the conventions of the musical, the main physical presence will be concerned with the choreographic methods of radical temporalities in which I have develop over my last works. Through this I am interested in generating a hyper edited and virtuosic physicality that insists on an artificiality that asks you to look closer, again and again while articulating the complexities of reproduction.
DAWN is in collaboration with , Colin Self and Mila Pavicevic and Claire Vivianne Sobottke. DAWN is funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and will premiere in Sophiensaele in September 2021.
Concept: Sheena McGrandles | By and with: Sheena McGrandles, Moss Beyon Juckes, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Colin Self, Stellan Veloce & Marta Forsberg | Choir direction: Colin Self I Choir: Olympia Bukkakis, Marek Polgesek, Emeka Ene, Valerie Renay | Co-Concept, Dramaturgy: Mila Pavicevic | Lighting Design, Technical Director: Annegret Schalke | Set & Costumes: Michiel Keuper, Martin Sieweke | Production: ehrliche Arbeit – freelance office for culture
A Sheena McGrandles production, in cooperation with ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture and Sophiensaele. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe – Mobility Fund „Draussenstadt“. Supported by the PSR Collective, Uferstudios and Tanzfabrik.