Flinn Works
Learning Feminism From Rwanda
October 29 | 21.00 h
October 30 | 21.00 h
October 31 | 21.00 h
November 01 | 18.00 h
In English, German and Kinyarwanda
With German subtitles

Taking Rwanda as an example, Flinn Works consider the women’s quota as a political instrument: with 61% female members of parliament, Rwanda has almost twice as many women in parliament as Germany and in this respect has long since achieved what women throughout Europe are still fighting for. After the genocide in 1994, the East African country made gender justice the basis of its policy – in Germany, parity is still far away despite the basis in the constitution. On the trail of Rwandan fast-track feminism, Flinn Works lead through shiny statistics and glass ceilings behind the scenes of home and hearth. A Rwandan drum on stage is the key to power. It was formerly only played for the king, now six performers play for the queen. For Merkel. For parity. With flaming speeches, statistics, lamentations and protest choreographies they perform for the poor Europe, which is struggling for meagre quotas, while Rwandan pilots fly drones with blood bottles across the country and digital data rush to the smartphones of female members of parliament. How does the women’s quota change culture and mindset?

NOTICE Due to Covid-19, two performers will appear live on stage and four will perform on video.

Accessibility information
The show lasts 75 minutes without a break and is performed in English, German and Kinyarwandic spoken language. There are partly German subtitles and partly live spoken translations from English and Kinyaruanda into German spoken language. In one scene there are fast light changes, loud music and noises, which are also reflected in relatively fast images on the screen. There is verbal interaction with the audience. If you need to leave the room during the show, re-entrance is not possible. The information on accessibility will be continuously updated. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact or 030 27 89 00 35.

FLINN WORKS has been working on current issues of the globalised world with feminist and post-colonial questions since 2009. The pieces are based on intensive research and use the political and aesthetic attitudes of the international performers for a multi-perspective dramaturgy. At the SOPHIENSÆLE they recently showed Fear + Fever (2019) together with Asedeva, Kosa la Vita – Kriegsverbrechen (2018) and Global Belly (2017). flinnworks.de

Artistic directION Lisa Stepf, Sophia Stepf BY AND WITH Yvette Niyomufasha, Natasha Muziramakenga, Wesley Ruzibiza, Nirere Shanel, Lisa Stepf/Cornelia Dörr DIRECTOR Sophia Stepf VIDEO DESIGN, SCENOGRAPHY Marc Jungreithmeier SET Büro unbekannt Berlin CHOREOGRAPHY Wesley Ruzibiza COMPOSITION Andi Otto COSTUMES Tatjana Kautsch in collaboration with Cédric Mizero, Maximilian Muhawenimana, Afriek, Ibaba Rwanda and Louise Mutabazi RECORDINGS INANGA Sophia Nzayisenga VIDEO Rwanda Kivu Ruhorahoza LIGHT DESIGN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Susana Alonso Assistant Director Annekatrin Utke PRODUCTION RWANDA, DRAMATURGY Louise Mutabazi PRODUCTION, COMPANY MANAGEMENT Gustavo Fijalkow

A production by Flinn Works in cooperation with EANT Festival/Amizero Kompagnie and in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, Theater Freiburg, Goethe-Institut Kigali, Kaserne Basel, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg – scène européenne. In cooperation with Staatstheater Kassel, Theater Tuchlaube Aarau and FFT Düsseldorf. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund, the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Cultural Office of the City of Kassel, the Gerhard-Fieseler-Stiftung and Between Bridges. With thanks to the Theaterhaus Mitte. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.