She She Pop
Performance Collective, Berlin
She She Pop is a performance collective founded in the late 1990’s by graduates of the Applied Theater Studies program in Gießen. Members are Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou and Berit Stumpf and Elke Weber as managing director. For She She Pop, the stage is a space in which decisions are made, various forms of dialog and social systems are tested, and grand gestures and social rituals are learned or discarded. They see it as their mission to explore the social boundaries of communication – and transgress them in a purposeful and artistic way in the protected theatrical space. She She Pop have a specific aesthetic and ideological profile: Their shows are developed as a collective. There is no director – but also no author and no actors. Texts and concepts are developed together. Their understanding of performance simultaneously emphasizes the artistic responsibility of every individual performer. Aside from the individual shows – but also in the best parts of every performance – She She Pop defines the artistic work as a collective to be their most fatal and greatest challenge. Also the audience often receives a concrete attribution and a special function: all works of She She Pop are in their own way experiments or demonstrations that would be invalidated without testimony. She She Pop have been based in Berlin since 1998 and celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2018.
Lisa Lucassen was born in 1969 in Düsseldorf and lives in Berlin. From 1990 to 1995 she studied at the Gießen Institute for Applied Theatre Studies. She is a founding member and performer of the group She She Pop. She was also a guest performer, e.g. at the “Labor für Kontrafaktisches Denken“ and andcompany & Co. From 2013 to 2015 she was a member of the board of the “Landesverband freie darstellende Künste“ (LAFT) Berlin.
Ilia Papatheodorou was born in 1971 in Stuttgart and lives in Berlin. From 1992 to 1997 she studied at the Gießen Institute for Applied Theatre Studies. She is a founding member and performer of the group She She Pop. She has also worked as a guest performer in productions of Haug / Wetzel and Gob Squad.