The 10 Selected Productions
SCORES THAT SHAPED OUR FRIENDSHIP
A project by and with Lucy Wilke and Paweł Duduś with music by Kim TwiddlePremiere 13 February 2020 (schwere reiter, Munich)
In a tender, witty dance, Lucy Wilke and Paweł Duduś explore what is one’s own body and what is the other’s, and how we see, hear and feel it.
- 1 h
- In German and English with English subitles and German audio description
- Monday, 24 May 2021
- Recording from HochX Theater und Live Art (Munich)
Actor and singer Lucy Wilke was born with spinal muscular atrophy. There would be no reason to mention this in any other context, but it is in fact the point of departure for this production, “SCORES THAT SHAPED OUR FRIENDSHIP” from Munich. Together with dancer Paweł Duduś, Wilke developed this intimate, seemingly utopian portrait of a friendship that does away with all boundaries. In seven short chapters and accompanied with live interpreted and mixed music by e-composer Kim Twiddle, the two of them explore their bodies and their dreams through symbiotic movements, attentive speaking and synaesthetic choreography. Playfully and without any moralistic attitude of superiority, they overcome society’s norms and insecurities towards people who appear to be different from the majority.
Theatertreffen-juror Georg Kasch about the production
What does it mean to get involved with a person whose basic conditions are completely different from one’s own? In “SCORES THAT SHAPED OUR FRIENDSHIP”, Lucy Wilke and Paweł Duduś measure and celebrate their friendship as a tender pas de deux of touch.
In a landscape of mattresses, they encounter each other with curiously inquisitive gestures and non-judgmental descriptions, and from this position, they fathom a field of tensions and contradictions. Over seven short chapters, they unmask society’s norm constructions and, at the same time, work on their own dissolution of physical boundaries, accompanied by Kim Ramona Ranalter’s sound track which ranges from meditation to club sounds.
Analysing attributions is an essential part of this work. Wilke was born with spinal muscular atrophy; her body is often read as a disability. Duduś is a queer dancer with gaudy, flaking nail polish. Together, they expose themselves to the public gaze and counter the audience’s voyeurism with a categorical intimacy. Playfully, they take up the alleged dichotomies of the standardised gaze that could separate them: man/woman, predator/victim, active/passive. Narratives of dependence and victimhood are treated by melting into one single being, by giving each other impulses and carefully trying out the potentials of ever new images. When things between them suddenly become filled with erotic tension, all well-meaning labels like ‘queer’ or ‘inclusive’ become blurred.
And yet, no one in this piece denies that the situation outside the protective walls of the theatre is different. At one point, Wilke talks about the standard rejection she comes across on Tinder: “You have such a beautiful face, but …” Together, Wilke and Duduś shape Wilke’s face into a nightmarish mask – not as an act of self-destruction, but rather of self-empowerment.
At the end of this liberating game, Wilke and Duduś formulate a utopian idea of fiction: Freedom is not least a question of imagination. And so this potentially irritating show proceeds to uncompromisingly do away with all categories.
Lucy Wilke, Paweł Duduś Idea and concept
Lucy Wilke, Paweł Duduś, Kim Ramona Ranalter Development and performance
Kim Ramona Ranalter Electronic composition, stage music
Barbara Westernach Lighting design
Theresa Scheitzenhammer, Alexander Wilke Set design
Tamara Pietsch, David Bloom Outside Eye
Kathrin Schäfer KulturPR PR
Rat & Tat Kulturbüro Artistic production management
Maryna Mikhalchuk Assistance
Lucy Wilke, Paweł Duduś, Kim Ramona Ranalter