• © Schmidli + Maroody + Lenartz

  • © Schmidli + Maroody + Lenartz

  • © Schmidli + Maroody + Lenartz

  • © Marco Schauff, Almut Wedekind, Kimberly Lauren Bryant, Jasmin Schütz, privat, Sophie Moriarty, Johannsen , Birgit Kaulfuss

Kreischende Weiber*

Melanie Schmidli + Team

Jul 03 19:00 Talk #1 – The Singing Screech, Guest: Death Metal singer Britta Görtz
Jul 04 19:00 Talk #2 – The Birthing Screech, Guest: Midwife Jasmin Schütz
Jul 05 19:00 Talk #3 – The Fighting Screech, Guest: Martial arts teacher Susie Kahlich
Jul 06 19:00 Concert Feast with Choir of Kreischende Weiber*


We grind the patriarchal narrative! The antiquity knew: a seed-hungry hystéra (= uterus) wanders in the body and bites itself in the brain. The “enlightened” medicine found by means of experiment: a nervous disorder. Melanie Schmidli + team clarify: After research on space, image and body, they now devote themselves to the sound of the nightmare “hysteria”. With a foley artist, they explore historical sounds of “hysterical” women* in order to make them heard: What did a contained will for freedom sound like? What does resistance to structural violence against femininity* sound like?


On four evenings the installation will be opened to the public: we will learn professional growling and roaring from a death metal singer, listen to the sounds of the working hystéra with a midwife and experience the potency of female* vocal power with a ninjutsu master. Finally, we invite you to the concert of the screaming women* with a festive banquet. Come and listen, ask questions, join in. Do not cry, but scream!


For some time already, the actress and director Melanie Schmidli has been dealing with the discourse of hysteria as a tool of social exclusion and oppression of women* in her working cycle Divina Hysterika. The complex artistic process takes place in changing formats and collaborations. Kreischende Weiber* is the second collaboration with dramaturg Almut Wedekind, freelance artist and scenographer Barbara Lenartz, and actress and assistant Saskia Mommertz in this context. For the first time, the team collaborates with foley artist Almut Schwacke.   

Past Dates
  • Jul 03, 2023
  • Jul 04, 2023
  • Jul 05, 2023
  • Jul 06, 2023


10 Euros
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60 minutes



By and with

Melanie Schmidli, Almut Wedekind, Barbara Lenartz, Saskia Mommertz

In collaboration with

Almut Schwacke


Britta Görtz, Jasmin Schütz, Susie Kahlich

A production by Melanie Schmidli in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.