friday 20 april – 9pm > 12am
saturday 21 april – 8 > 1pm


Antonia Baehr/Latifa Laâbissi/Nadia Lauro (D/F)

Consul & Meshie

performance (try out), coproduction Xing/Live Arts Week

Consul & Meshie. Apes, especially great apes, are considered the ‘almost human’ animals and this ‘almost’ has turned them into a projection screen for what humans think is human. At the beginning of the 20th century the chimpanzees Consul and Meshie lived among humans as humans and in the end considered themselves to be human. Antonia Baehr and Latifa Laâbissi adopt their own apish identities – with no liability for historical correctness. Hairy, insolent and shameless, these human apes occupy an installation by Nadia Lauro which nests itself roughly and casually into quiet little corners of theatres and museums away from the stage. From two leather car seats, whose furry innards gradually spread into the room, Consul Baehr and Meshie Laâbissi exhibit themselves for several hours at a time while the audience is free to come and go.

Latifa Laâbissi, artist living in France, produces choreographic works, installations, lecture demonstrations and pluridisciplinary collaborations. Mixing genres, reflecting upon and redefining formats, her work seeks to bring onstage multiple offstage perspectives; an anthropological landscape in which stories, figures and voices are placed and highlighted. Dance ‘codes’ are disturbed by recalcitrant bodies, alternative stories, montages of materials infiltrated by certain signs of the times.

Antonia Baehr is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker and visual artist based in Berlin. Her works explore the fiction of the everyday and of the theatre, among other themes, setting strange connections -and disconnections- in motion. Baher maps out the forces that press on us in the form of rules and habits, unveils awkward correspondences and shakes up categories: human or animal, male or female, living or dead. Baehr is the producer of her alter egos: the horse whisperer and dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt, and the aspirant New Music composer and ex-husband Henry Wilde.

Nadia Lauro, french visual artist and set designer, has been developing her work for several decades in various contexts (scenic spaces, landscape architectures, museums). She has conceived set designs, environments, and visual installations with strong dramaturgical power, thus generating new ways of seeing and being together.

concept & interpretation Antonia Baehr and Latifa Laâbissi 
visual installation Nadia Lauro 
costumes Antonia Baehr, Latifa Laâbissi and Nadia Lauro 
technical director Carola Caggiano 
adminstration Alexandra Wellensiek/make up productions & Fanny Virelizier, Charlotte Cancé/Figure Project 
production Figure Project/make up productions 
coproduction HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater (Berlin), Magasin des Horizons (Grenoble), Xing/Live Arts Week VII (Bologna), Festival NEXT
supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa 
diffusion Alexandra Wellensiek/make up productions & Fanny Virelizier, Charlotte Cancé/Figure project