Thu

29.9.

20:00 Premiere
ronald berger

Fri

30.9.

10:00 Video Release
ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS

Fri

30.9.

20:00
ronald berger

Sat

1.10.

20:00
ronald berger

Sat

8.10.

20:00 Premiere
İrem Aydın

Sun

9.10.

20:00
İrem Aydın

Fri

14.10.

20:00 Premiere
Hang Su & Post Theater

Sat

15.10.

20:00
Hang Su & Post Theater

Sun

16.10.

18:00
Hang Su & Post Theater

Thu

20.10.

20:00 Premiere
cmd+c

Fri

21.10.

20:00
cmd+c

Sat

22.10.

20:00
cmd+c

Sun

23.10.

18:00
cmd+c

Thu

27.10.

20:00 Premiere
ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS

Fri

28.10.

20:00
ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS

Sat

29.10.

20:00
ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS

Sun

30.10.

20:00
ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS

Mon

31.10.

10:00
ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS

Productions

  • © Oscar Gonzalez

The Crossing

ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS

Heaal ten iaa mo silé mo cacsel vai dol-dol / Cacsel zeza ten taa caden sie ga / A iaa t-helia silé mo helia maa? / A iaa benai sibé mo donia mazze? 

   

Somewhere across an unimaginable void, set apart from the rest of humanity, lies a world inhabited only by Queer people. A utopia for sure. But how long would it take for the storm clouds to gather even here? »The Crossing« is the story of how fault lines arise and drive a dissident back across the void to their former home in search of answers to painful questions. In a crumbling theatre in a future Berlin, a city struggling to find its feet again after a series of great upheavals, they stand before an audience. Our speaker once burned with zeal for their new home. But now, they find themselves cast out, unable to conform or stay silent. In brand new words, they tell us the story of their journey back home.  

The monologue is written and performed entirely in Damiá, a Queer art-language developed by Aslan since they were a teenager. The text is translated for the audience with surtitles into English and German. »The Crossing« asks: Could a revolutionary Queer language be the place where we finally build our home? 

   

Since 2012, Queer performance collective ONCE WE WERE ISLANDSChris Gylee and Aslan — have worked in the fertile ground between disciplines, combining theatre, film, choreography and research. The two performers deploy (auto)biographical narrative as well as meticulous research on Queer life realities for their poetic works. Most recently at Ballhaus Ost they showed »Karelia. A Queer Forest Fantasy in Two Parts«. 

Premiere

  • Oct 27, 2022

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct 27, 2022, 20:00
  • Oct 28, 2022, 20:00
  • Oct 29, 2022, 20:00
  • Oct 30, 2022, 20:00

Tickets

15 | 10 Euros
For online tickets, 10% presale fee and 2,- Euro service fee are charged in addition to the basic ticket price by the provider Reservix.

Duration

70 minutes

Language

Damiá with German and English surtitles

Direction, text, performance, design

Aslan, Chris Gylee

Light design

Elliott Cennetoglu

Sound design

Mars Dietz

German translation

Lea Martini

Outside Eye

Mmakgosi Kgabi

Production management

ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro

Surtitling consulting

Panthea

 
A production by ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with the kind support of Hiljaisuus / Silence Residency.