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WE´RE USED TO BEING DARKER

invites at a glance
into a closed society.
10 women. 10 episodes.
Off the rails. Spare.
No matter how hard it lies,
how deep we fall,
how far we drift:
It rolls. Unstoppable.
A microcosm under deprivation of freedom.
The expectation of (free) time.
10 approaches, 10 angles, one chance
to hit them all. Strike.

What limitations do we seek for ourselves? What limits, what liberates and what empowers us? The attraction for us lies in the transfer of the inner perception of limitation through an “outside”, in our current space of movement, which seems almost unlimited. It is possible for us to be at any time, almost everywhere. To be (simply) everything.
But is this really true? Which rules and systems do we impose on ourselves, which ones determine us, which ones do we determine ourselves. Can we always be who we want to be, always and everywhere? How free do we feel? How free are we really?

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A camera view of Hollywood’s prison.

Lines draw the space, electronic flashing clocks the atmosphere, 10 women meet each other in the total institution. They act self-directedly next to each other. Or we witness their conversation and cannot eavesdrop. It’s not about their liberation but about the correspondence of images. go plastic has been working on film art for years, on the expectations that consuming pop culture leaves in us. This is also the case in WE’RE USED TO BEING DARKER. The characters – stripped of their plot – perform and caricature themselves.
While in other go plastic productions a character camps out on stage, this time it’s different: on the couches of the bowling alley bar, on stage, we, the audience, sit. Who is judged, who is condemned, who is free?
WUTBD is about images of women and the expectations placed on these figures, and of course I, as the viewer, place myself in relation to them: a mutual game of projection takes place.
WUTBD is a collaborative work and as such a social experiment. And how much this encounter has been worthwhile I notice in the vibrating memory of the individual artistic signatures that became recognizable that evening.

Barbara Lubich (Italian filmmaker, sociologist, historian), Autumn 2021

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VIDEO

Performance Teaser

“WE’RE USED TO BEING DARKER“
web series in 10 episodes

GALLERY

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We´re Used To Being Darker Go Plastic Company Dresden © Erik-Gross
We´re Used To Being Darker Go Plastic Company Dresden © Erik-Gross
We´re Used To Being Darker Go Plastic Company Dresden © Erik-Gross
We´re Used To Being Darker Go Plastic Company Dresden © Erik-Gross
We´re Used To Being Darker Go Plastic Company Dresden ©Erik-Gross

PERFORMANCES

World premiere:

VFB Hellerau-KlotzscheHELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden • October 2019

Further shows / Touring:

Bowling Star Halle, hosted by WUK Theaterquartier Halle (Saale) • August 2020

City Bowling Görlitz, hosted by Neiße Centre for Contemporary Arts e.V. • September 2020

PRESS

„…Again and again, the social norms of femininity are questioned. Particularly haunting is a scene in which the youngest performer, just nine years old, sits on a chair with her legs on the table in the manner of a serene prison guard and ties a friendship bracelet over her big toe while Johanna Roggan hisses at her from a distance. A short hiss back, nothing more. Johanna Roggan can hiss as long as she wants. That’s strong, that sits. And it’s bitterly nasty, especially when someone else makes the rules.….“

Rico Stehfest, 25.10.2019 Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

“… Ten life stories on the bowling alley
In front of about 50 mainly young spectators – more were not possible due to corona – the actors of the company goplastic of the European Center of the Arts Hellerau took possession of the lanes of the Bowling Star in the Delitzscher Straße to present their dance project of the extra class. In “We’re used to being darker”, each of the ten very different females tells her own personal life story, without a continuous overall plot being discernible…”

Katja Pausch, August 2020

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CAST & CREW

performers:

Hannah Adomat Student
Julia Amme Actress, Performer in Dresden
Viola Luise Barner B-Girl, Performer based in Berlin
Caroline Beach Dancer / Musician / Choreographer, based in Berlin
Ariel Cohen Dancer / Performer based in Berlin
Fang Yun Lo Performerin, Document Theatre, based in Dresden / Essen
Georgina Leo St. Laurent Ballroom Pioneer, Dancer, Model based in Berlin
Johanna Roggan Dancer, Choreographer based in Dresden
Michael Tucker Dancer, Dragqueen based in Dresden
Rika Yotsumoto Dancer based in Dresden

artistic Direction:

Cindy Hammer, Susan Schubert

videoartist:

Benjamin Schindler

costume / Set Up:

Alexandra Börner

production management:

Josefine Wosahlo

technical Direction:

Benjamin Henrichs

music:

Various Artists

art work:

Stephan Tautz

photos:

Erik Groß, Stephan Tautz

PARTNER & FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Eine Produktion der go plastic company in Koproduktion mit HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste und dem WUK Theater Halle und in Kooperation mit Hellerauer Sporttreff. Unterstützt durch das NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ Koproduktionsförderung Tanz.

Gefördert von: Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Landeshauptstadt Dresden – Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz Dresden und Stadt Halle (Saale) für Kulturelle Zwecke 2019. Diese Maßnahme wird mitfinanziert durch Steuermittel auf der Grundlage des von den Abgeordneten des Sächsischen Landtags beschlossenen Haushalts.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des DevirCapa Residenzprogramm Faro, Portugal, Richter Meyer Marx Studio BerlinTENZA schmiedeTanzNetzDresden und GrooveStation Dresden.

RESEARCH & REHEARSALS

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We´re Used To Being Darker Go Plastic Company Dresden © Erik-Gross
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