Performance

• 10​ 06​ 2018 •
Susanne Sachsse & Xiu Xiu Original Sin. A Concert

20:30

Venue: Stadtgarten, Venloer Straße 40, 50670 Cologne
In English
15 € / 10 € reduced
Combined ticket including the lecture of Avery F. Gordon 17 € / 12 € reduced

In cooperation with Stadtgarten

Original Sin is a coproduction with the Goethe-Institut (Internationaler Koproduktionsfond), Münchner Kammerspiele and Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund.

It’s a true story: while the GDR erected its anti-fascist security wall around Berlin, Luise Brand was building a majestic house in a village in Thuringia, where she lived with her older husband and her younger lover, her two daughters and two dogs ‒ living circumstances that breached moral codes and not only the socialist ones. The house was also a private doctor’s practice, and when Luise’s husband became too old, her lover took over caring for the patients. Later the wall fell, Luise Brand died, and the GDR failed. But the house still lives on.

The actor SUSANNE SACHSSE transforms the story of her admiration and disdain for her grandmother, Luise Brand, into a concert/performance. In poetic texts that are sung and spoken from different perspectives by multiple narrators, she connects the story of Luise Brand to contemporary questions: What was everyday life like for a working woman with two children in the GDR? What is the difference between a house under socialism and one under capitalism?

Original Sin draws on horror films about haunted houses, where ghosts from the past can walk through walls. With original lyrics by Sachsse and in collaboration with extraordinary performance artists and musicians like VAGINAL DAVIS and JAMIE STEWART, Sachsse creates a glamorous, mysterious memorial: sexy, queer, and dark!

SUSANNE SACHSSE is an actor and has worked with various theaters. In the 1990s, she was a member of the Berliner Ensemble, where she worked with, among others, Heiner Müller, Einar Schleef, and Robert Wilson. In 2001, she founded the artist collective CHEAP with Daniel Hendrickson and Marc Siegel, which also counts Vaginal Davis as a member. In performances, installations, festivals, and club events, she has been a guest at various venues, including HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Stierischer Herbst, FFT Düsseldorf as well as Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt. She lives in Berlin.

VAGINAL DAVIS is a genderqueer artist based in Berlin. Rooted in the underground music scene of Los Angeles in the 1980s, she was a member of numerous punk and queercore bands. In the art world, she has made a name for herself with her performance work as well as with small-format paintings, sculptures, and installations that have been shown at numerous galleries and museums. In 2017, she was involved in the documenta 14 project Parliament of Bodies.

Film scholar MARC SIEGEL is currently a visiting professor for media and cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim. He is the author of numerous publications in the areas of experimental film and queer studies. His latest work, A Gossip of Images, is forthcoming in 2018.

XIU XIU is an experimental band from California, whose founder and only permanent member is JAMIE STEWART. The band has released a multitude of eclectic records with influences ranging from industrial post-punk to synth-pop and avant-garde music. Most recently, Xiu Xiu released the albums Plays the Music of Twin Peaks (2016) and Forget (2017).