(We don’t) [Kehr]
“Jane Blond and that Stevil Kniewel” are Jana Zöll and Steven Solbrig. In their emerging performance (We don’t) [Kehr], the duo with disabilities asks questions like, “What does help mean in our society? What images of help have we internalized and what are the relational dynamics that go along with it?” In this way, they kick up the dust of the social system and confront the depths of the gesture of help.
With (We don’t) [Kehr] we want to expose the operating social mechanisms and contexts of assistance.
Performers with disabilities and some with assistance needs are constantly confronted with the hierarchies and judgements that go hand in hand with dependence(s) and need for support in our capitalist society. With (We don’t) [Kehr] we want to expose the operating social mechanisms and contexts of assistance. A view from the outside is inevitably needed for this. Therefore, in their research phase, which took place in November and December 2020 at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, the duo also included the potential audience and their understanding of aid in their artistic work. Through a public call, quotes from (integration) notices were submitted and interviews were conducted to show how, among other things, the need for help is constructed through bureaucracy and the care industry. The result is a conception-diary in which the two artists discuss the results of their research and the questions and topics that remain open, and document the development of the production concept.
After the artist residency in July and August 2021 in Cologne, the premiere of the performance piece will take place at RoboLAB in Cologne.
(aka Jane Blond)
(aka Stevil Kniewel)