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Recording: 2020-09-09 , Tanznacht Berlin 2020 Vertigo / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Antonia Baehr, Latifa Laâbissi, Nadia Lauro

Consul and Meshie

Tanznacht Berlin 2020 Vertigo / Uferstudios | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

Consul and Meshie
A project by Antonia Baehr and Latifa Laâbissi
in a visual installation by Nadia Lauro

Monkeys and apes have a privileged relation to nature and culture for western people: simians occupy the border zones between those potent mythic poles. In the border zones, love and knowledge are richly ambiguous and productive of meanings (…).
Donna Haraway, Primate Visions, 1989.

Monkeys and apes have a privileged relation to nature and culture for western people: simians occupy the border zones between those potent mythic poles. In the border zones, love and knowledge are richly ambiguous and productive of meanings (…).
Donna Haraway, Primate Visions, 1989.

Apes, at least great apes, are among the «almost human» animals. This «almost» has turned them into a surface onto which humans project their ideas of what it means to be human. At the beginning of the 20th century the chimpanzees Consul and Meshie lived among humans as humans and came to consider themselves human. Antonia Baehr and Latifa Laâbissi adopt their own apish identities – with no guarantee for historical accuracy. Hairy and morally free, insolent and shameless, these two human monkeys occupy Nadia Lauro’s visual installation, which is roughly and casually nested away from the stage in quiet little corners of theatres and museums. From two leather limousine seats, whose furry innards gradually spread into the room, Consul Baehr and Meshie Laâbissi exhibit themselves for 3 1/2 hours.

Antonia Baehr is a Berlin-based choreographer, performer, filmmaker and visual artist. Her pieces are characterized by a non-disciplinary way of working, examining the fiction of the everyday and the fiction of theatre.
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Latifa Laâbissi is a dancer and choreographer. She brings multiple offstage perspectives to the stage, creating an anthropological landscape of stories, figures and voices. Dance «codes» are broken by unruly bodies, alternative stories, and montages of material marked by signs of the times.
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Nadia Lauro is a visual artist and set designer who works in various contexts – scenic spaces, landscape architectures and museums. She designs stage sets, environments, and visual installations with compelling dramaturgical force, thus generating new ways of seeing and being together.
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Cast & Credits

Concept and Interpretation: Antonia Baehr, Latifa Laâbissi
Visual Installation: Nadia Lauro
Figures: Antonia Baehr, Latifa Laâbissi, Nadia Lauro
Sound and Light Design: Carola Caggiano
Adminstration & Diffusion: Alexandra Wellensiek / make up productions & Fanny Virelizier / Figure Project
Design Game “French Theory Memory”: Hilà Lahav

Thanks to: Vinciane Despret, Donna Haraway, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Melanie Poppe, Rayna Rapp, Constanze Schellow, Emilia and Kathrin Schlosser, Mia Sellmann, the entire team of HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Jean-Yves and Danielle Auvray

A co-production by Figure Project / make up productions and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater (Berlin), Le Magasin des horizons (Grenoble), CCN2, Centre choréographique national de Grenoble, Xing/Live Arts Week VII (Bologna)

Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Tanznacht Berlin Vertigo (Part One)
Project manager & curator: Jacopo Lanteri
Co-curator: Julian Weber
Co-Project manager: Inge Zysk
Technical director: Andreas Harder
Production management: Raquel Moreira
Scientific support program: Mariama Diagne
Marketing & PR: Michael Tsouloukidse
PR: Felicitas Zeeden

Tanznacht Berlin is presented by the Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Multi-sector funding for Festivals and Series, 4 years.
Supported by Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture / DGCA.
In Cooperation with Uferstudios GmbH and Deutsches Zentrum des Internationalen Theaterinstituts (ITI) // Mediathek für Tanz und Theater Berlin.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Antonia Baehr / Trailers and Video Documentations

Latifa Laâbissi / Trailers and Video Documentations

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