Performances and Exhibits

4 – 9 Jun | Skopje Summer Lab

We are thrilled to announce our participation as HYENAZ in the upcoming ACT SUMMERLAB at Lokomotiva in Skopje, North Macedonia. The summer lab will revolve around the theme of public spaces, particularly focusing on the designated and planned “empty spaces” within the city, commonly referred to as negative spaces in urbanism. We will embark on a journey through different parts of the city, exploring the remaining “empty spaces” as well as those that have been repurposed for private interests.

10 Jun | Hamburg Short Film Festival

HYENAZ are pleased to present their work PROXIMITY at Hamburg Short Film Festival: How do safety and care shift in relation to physical proximity; how does the grievability, or the extent to which we value and grieve for other lives, change relative to how close we are to them–physically, or other kinds of proximities? What other kinds of proximities exist besides physical ones and how can they be utilised to create networks of care? In the visual work for Proximity, Mad Kate directed a team of dancers, including Adrienne Teicher, Bishop Black, Tereza Silon, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Trauko and ROC to explore how closeness—physical proximity–shifts our emotional response to each other.

15 – 16 Jun | Bicho Raro at Heizhaus

„Unterstützt durch das NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ – STEPPING OUT, gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen der Initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.“

Choreografie, Konzept, Ausstattung, Videoinstallation, Tanz: Danilo Andrés 
Dramaturgie: Diego Agulló
Sound Design: Mad Kate (electronics, vox), Sara Neidorf ( Schlagzeug )
Videoinstallation: Peter Bromme, Paulo Fernandez
Videosounddesign: Mad Kate 
Bühnenbild: Moran Sanderovich
Make-up Videoinstallation: Hassan Dib, Danilo Andrés
Produktionsleitung: Hanna Schaich

15 – 17 June | membra(I)nes

HYENAZ will present their work Signals at the 12th Annual Conference of the Professional Association for Gender Studies, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle und Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig

Signals, an audiovisual essay, delves into the intricate interplay of performative codes, such as drag and masks, that usher bodies into visibility. It explores how factors like language, education, race and social class shape the way subjects are heard and understood, in essence, how individuals “become audible”. The piece also traces a discriminating mode of (mis)hearing that interpellates bodies into recognizable and codified forms.

Using multiple distinct voices and perspectives, both sung and written, Signals explores the “emergence” of figures such as the a/Artist or the a/Academic, individuals who seeks to hold the microphone, aiming for audibility, visibility and access to cultural spaces of power. What is this process of emergence? Who stands at the gate? What is gained and lost in this process?

HYENAZ create all their sound works from original field recordings; the particular context for these recordings was an anarcha-feminist anti-military conference which brought together activists from throughout and beyond Eastern Europe and central Asia. Together the members of the conference struggled to bridge knowledges, contexts and experiences.

SIGNALS was commissioned by Sound Scene Festival in 2021, supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum. Signals is the 4th audiovisual work in the HYENAZ “Foreign Bodies” series.

17 June | Mad Kate at Berlin Music Video Awards

18-28 June | Artes Mobiles MergingEntities [Residence]

Castle Bröllin | Fahrenwalde (DE)

The residency program at Schloss Bröllin allows ensembles and groups, especially when their members come from different places/countries, a concentrated production phase. During the residency, appropriate working space, accommodation, advice and meals are provided. The residency program is intended to support the production and is aimed at artists who are working on a new production or would like to revise an earlier project for resumption.

6 -7 Sep | SWEAT at alpha nova & galerie futura 

Dance and Performance: Ambra Stucchi and Mad Kate. Sound Design: Mad Kate

SWEAT is an immersive experience that delves into the world of labour as it is felt on and in our bodies. Our work is a result of extensive research, focusing on the somatics of work and the relational dynamics of intersectional bodies in the performance of work.

Through a audience dialog, dance, deep listening, and expressive movement, we invite you to embark on a journey that explores how our always already racialized and sexualized bodies relate to and navigate through different forms of work. Our exploration encompasses the realms of performance art, care work, digital work, and art in all its manifestations.

Sharing this artistic exploration with me is Ambra Stucchi, whose expertise encompasses Ivorian dance traditions, witchcraft, Prana energy healing, and somatic arts. Ambra’s profound knowledge enriches the choreographic process, infusing it with a holistic approach.

The foundation of this research lies in a project called In this project, our aim was to investigate the intricate relationship between diverse types of work and how the body manifests within these contexts. Conversations with numerous artists were recorded, providing valuable insights into their personal connections to work and art. These conversations were then transformed into audio works–both musical compositions and recorded interviews which have been published in my podcast. Through this process, we sought to challenge and problematize the audience’s and each other’s interpretations of the body on stage.