Antonia Baehr
Abecedarium Bestiarium

Affinitäten in Tiermetaphern

Performance / Austrian premiere


In englischer, französischer und deutscher Sprache
Talk im Anschluss an die 3. Vorstellung

Dom im Berg

Production specifics

In englischer, französischer und deutscher Sprache

Talk im Anschluss an die 3. Vorstellung


Produktion make up productions

Koproduktion steirischer herbst, Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon – im Rahmen des Projekts Jardin d’Europe, mit Unterstützung durch die Europäische Kommission, ]domaines[ (Montpellier), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel), Les Subsistances (Lyon),

PACT Zollverein (Essen) & Tanzquartier Wien

Kreation und Residenz: Les Subsistances 2012 im Rahmen von A Space for Live Arts

Kopräsentation NXTSTP, unterstützt durch das Kulturprogramm der Europäischen Union

It may seem obvious to consider the startling resemblances, the disturbing correspondences between animals and humans if your surname happens to be Baehr and you happen to be born in “Ber-lin” – official heraldic animal: brown bear, unofficial heraldic animal: Knut the polar bear. Do these similarities mean something? Like signs of the zodiac can mean something, even if we do not believe in them. If it comes to that, from where does our deep interest come in the anthropomorphic depiction of animals in art and literature, in baroque drawings and copperplate engravings, in animal fables? Or the delight in their symbolic interpretation, as in mediaeval bestiaries?

In her alphabet of affinities, Antonia Baehr is interested not in fathoming a mystery possibly concealed behind these similarities, but rather in the realm of fantasy, projections and coincidence that may be demonstrated by them. Similar to her solo “Laugh”, that was a resounding success at steirischer herbst in 2009, Antonia Baehr has once again invited artist friends to write compositions for her. This time she has asked them to choose an extinct animal with which they feel an affinity and to bring it back to life by means of scores which have to reflect their friendship with the choreographer metaphorically.

In Baehr’s evocative “Abecedarium Bestiarium”, D, for example, stands for the dodo, beautiful but flightless and last sighted in the Indian Ocean in the 17th century. S stands for the peace-loving Steller’s sea cow, the last specimen of which was beaten to death near Bering Island in 1768. “The correspondences found therein are disturbing; they undermine categories such as human and animal, man and woman, past and present, dead and alive. They open the door to mad affinities.“ (Gertrude Ferrant)

Konzept / Idee: Antonia Baehr
Schauspielerin / Schauspieler: Antonia Baehr
Lichtregie: Sylvie Garot
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Valérie Castan