“People make clothes, and clothes make people” – Fashion has always accompanied mankind! It reflects, like religion and art, exemplarily the zeitgeist. Its purpose may be of a practical, ethical, sexual, aesthetic, or representative nature, allowing us to turn our inner self into a manifesto which we carry through life to the grave.
The dance theater piece “Fashion” by PINK MAMA THEATRE sheds light on all these aspects.
This cross-disciplinary project begins as a walkable exhibition, which accompanies the viewer through the entrance hall of the Dampfzentrale. The second part takes place on stage. This full-length artwork illustrates fashion as an aspect of human culture. In contrast nudity is illustrated as pure nature. Within our society, this nature, our own flesh, is understood as a sin. And fashion as its moral savior? The dichotomy of culture and nature is sovereignly illustrated by the eleven performers, and is then brought to collision with a tremendous bang. The performers assume the role of the fashion dictator, scientist, mannequin, even the slave of industrialization. On stage we see a house of fashion; or is it a lab, a factory, a hospital, a labor camp? The possessive, atmospheric music, which has been composed for this occasion, invites one into a ritualistic trance and does not loose grip.
Casts and credits
Fashion is a co-production with Dampfzentrale Bern
Idea, concept, stage direction, scenography, costumes: Sławek Bendrat und Dominik Krawiecki
Choreography: Sławek Bendrat
Dramaturgy: Dominik Krawiecki
Music: Valentin Markus Oppermann
Cast: Mark Christoph Klee, Dominik Krawiecki, Charlotte Mclean, Valentin Markus Oppermann, Izabela Orzelowska, Tomek Pomersbach, Marek Wieczorek, Boyband CHIC (David Bregenzer, Samuel Rauber, Jonas Weber)
Technic/Light: Jonas Weber
Video/Photos: Patrycja Płanik
Production Manager: Angelika Rohrer
Premiere: 18.01.2019, Dampfzentrale Bern
This production is sponsored by:
Kultur Stadt Bern, Swisslos Kultur Kanton Bern, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, Burgergemeinde Bern, Bürgi Willert Stiftung