site-specific performance

THU 27.06.2024
10:00pm — 11:00pm


Parfümerie, Juergen-Ponto-Platz 2, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

With text fragments by: Dodie Bellamy, Kathy Acker, Lynne Tillman, Miguel de Cervantes, Monique Wittig, Pat Califia, Paul B. Preciado

Special Thanks to: Anneliese Ostertag, Jonas Appel & Studio Illegale, Joseph Varschen, Lorenzo Dolce, Lou Behr, Raha Dehghani, Robin Stretz, Robin Mohr, Xdzunúm Danae Trejo-Boles, Portikus, costume department of the Schauspielhaus Frankfurt am Main, Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft Gießen.

In the picture we see an abstract blue curve against a dark gray background. Below this curve, the title of the event is written in pink and slightly blurred: “GIANTS”.

Information on accessibility

Is spoken language used in the performance? If so, which one? English

Are there loud noises?
There will be psychoacoustic alterations but not loud

Are content notes provided for the audience in advance?
Depicts sexual acts (no nudity), body horror (shadow play) and uses pornographic language, mentions topics of death and war

Further information regarding accessibility
The audience is seated outside in front of the venue facing the windows. The seating area, a sidewalk, is wheelchair accessible.

“Sex is not an action but a mood, a filter over the landscape. Sex is a trap, a labyrinth, a matrix that engulfs you. An intense focus and then sensual amnesia.” Don Quixote: Aisling and Lena Appel recite text and sing. anu koetter and Joana Ferraz demonstrate a transformation. Carla Loose masks its bodies. Maria Moritz paints a utopia. Nikki Buzzi plays psychoacoustic phenomena. Leonie Emeka curates. The Don Quixotes taken up in GIANTS by the authors Miguel de Cervantes, Kathy Acker and Monique Wittig, fight against windmills: Imperialism, patriarchy or a mad reality. Simultaneously, they are subject to the lunacy of social norms, the impenetrability of fantasy, fiction and fact. In this iteration, Don Quixote and Panza are romantically involved, though their journey demands leaving much behind. GIANTS unfolds as a shadow play, exploring the interplay of inner and outer realms, symbolisms, the human psyche, and ephemerality. Ultimately, Panza may be just a figment of imagination, but one that enables Don Quixote to carry a fragment of fantasy into the realm of reality.

Direction: Lena Appel

Choreography: anu koetter, Joana Ferraz,  Lena Appel 

Performance: Aisling Hayes, anu koetter, Joana Ferraz, Lena Appel 

Window Painting: Maria Moritz

Stage and Props: Carla Renée Loose, Lena Appel

Costume: Carla Renée Loose

Sound: Nikki Buzzi

Light: Lena Appel

Curation: Leonie Emeka

Documentation: John Hussain Flindt

GIANTS was realized through the generous support of Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main and Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, Kunst und Kultur.


Further dates:

  • SAT 29.06. | 10:00pm

    Parfümerie, Juergen-Ponto-Platz 2, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

  • SUN 30.06. | 10:00pm

    Parfümerie, Juergen-Ponto-Platz 2, 60329 Frankfurt am Main