Take It Like A Man
Premiere: October 17 & 18, 2019, Ergo Ipsum, Düsseldorf, Germany
(Further performances on July 5, 6, & 7, 2020, MUCCA, Munich, Germany, in co-production with the Münchner Kammerspiele, were canceled due to the pandemic)
by and with THE AGENCY und Nile Koetting, Heinrich Horwitz, Liina Magnea, Chang Hun-Chung, Neave Armin Helve, Robert Gallinowski, Daniel Degeest, Solisten des Münchner Knabenchors
Sound Design and Composition Boys choir: Nile Koetting
Composition Boys Choir: Evelyn Saylor
Direction Choir: Felix Rücker
Management Choir: Angelika Rücker
Dramaturgy: Rahel Spöhrer
Creative Production Management: Sofie Luckhardt
Technical Direction: Amina Nouns
Assistant Director: Stella Nikisch
Assistant Stage and Costume: Nicola Gördes, Johanna Senger
A PRODUCTION BY THE AGENCY
In Co-Production with Münchner Kammerspiele and FFT Düsseldorf
Supported by Pact Zollverein
Funded by the Cultural Office of the City of Munich
In the work cycle “New Men*s Movement” THE AGENCY deals with the connections between masculinity and right-wing thinking in the post-digital age.
Does the crisis of the “man” hold the potential to finally renegotiate not only gender images? What can a „New Men* Movement“ look like that opposes patriarchy, that does not mourn itself, but also does not fall into fear and anger? A movement that acts in the current climate beyond identity-political classifications and reimagines masculinities?
After the first two parts of the work cycle “Gather up, Man up” and “BOYS SPACE”, the protagonists of “Take it like a man” meet to ignite a utopian movement of de-powering. Torn between therapeutic chair circles and confessional exercises, sung manifestos and radical physical boundaries, the losers and winners of the neoliberal patriarchy struggle for a format in which masculinities can be reconfigured and linked to a left-wing agenda.
The audience* is invited to try out hybrid identities as male characters and to become part of the „New Men* Movement“.
In cooperation with Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf publication project Maskulinitäten.
THE AGENCY is a young performance group that immersively experiments with the manifestations of neoliberalism. Their performances, in which audience members are gently involved as customers or future members, revolve around subversive options of agency under the conditions of the post-digital: How are our desires, our feelings, our identities and political movements formed in the post-digital age? And how is it possible under these conditions to create counter-emotions, counter-identities, counter-movements? The artistic works take on neoliberal connotations of formats and their aesthetic strategies such as branding and corporate identity, overturn the institutionalized technologies of the self in a critically affirmative way – and struggle for a utopian potential from a queer-feminist perspective.
THE AGENCY was founded by Belle Santos, Yana Thönnes, Rahel Spöhrer and Magdalena Emmerig in 2015.