‘Who are you? Who are you really? Can you prove that you are who you are?’
Identity Cases moves the debates over identity politics into specific media court settings. How are identity cases negotiated in court, in theatre, and in the social networks? Who judges or even condemns? Who feels in the right and what is justice? Identity Cases is a performance lecture and court game in several acts that shows one thing very clearly: Identity is never a done deal.
Initiated by Gin Müller, JUSTITIA! is a four-year research project by Verein zur Förderung der Bewegungsfreiheit that deals with the relationships between theatre and court as well as between law and justice in different performances and media formats, workshops, and lectures. In autumn 2022, the international performers and activists Edwarda Gurrola, Mariama Nzinga Diallo, Sandra Selimović, and Gin Müller will delve into the main topic of the first year with their multimedia performance Identity Cases at brut.
Proceedings in Identity Cases revolve around fiercely contested topics of identity politics. Inspired by cultural scientist and writer Mithu Sanyal’s novel Identitti and current public debates, the court presents itself as a theatrical performance, as a media court game of embodied trans-identities. Performing in such contexts entails the need to create a credible narrative about one’s own identity. Plaintiffs, lawyers, defendants, witnesses, judges, and spectators all play their own roles in the fight for a fair performative judgment.
Gin Müller is a director, theatre scholar, performer and queer ar/ctivist. Gin’s pieces negotiate activist and political topics as well as collective forms of collaboration both on and off the stage.
Sandra Selimović is an actress, director, rapper, and Roma activist. She is a co-founder of the feminist Roma theatre association Romano Svato and a fighter for queer and women’s rights within the Roma community.
Mariama Nzinga Diallo is an activist and Pan-Africanist, photographer, artist, and performer. She studied contextual painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is currently involved in helping Black people who have fled from Ukraine.
Edwarda Gurrola is an actress in theatre and film. Since her childhood, she has appeared in various TV formats and telenovelas. In 2015, she was nominated for an Ariel, Mexico’s film award, as Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Natalie Ananda Assmann is a freelance artist, theatre-maker, curator and performer. Her work is located at the intersection of theatrical intervention in public spaces and queer-feminist, anti-fascist image production.
Selina Shirin Stritzel is a freelance theatre maker, political education worker, cultural scientist and transmedia artist. She is studying Critical Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Andreas Fleck works as a production manager and dramaturge for various theatre institutions and independent theatre groups.
Sun, November 13th, 2:00-6:00 pm / Location: Brunnenpassage, Brunnengasse 71, 1160 Vienna
Pimp your Identity & fight for your rights! – Empowerment on Social Media
Workshop with Lisa-Marie Idowu
Registration via firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu, November 24th / Location: brut nordwest
Premiere party with DJ sets by Noushin & JOIE DE FILLE
Fri, November 25th / Loctaion: brut nordwest
Artist talk following the performance, moderated by Noushin Redjaian
Afterparty with DJ set with Meshes to Meshes
Sat, November 26th, 5:30 pm / Location: brut nordwest
Gender, race a construct? – and what about belonging?
Roundtable with Marty Huber, Authentically Plastic, Lea Susemichel, Faris Cuchi Gezahegn, Gin Müller, Sandra Selimović
Moderated by Carmen Gheorghe
Sat, November 26th, 10:00 pm / Location: brut nordwest
Concert & DJ Set
Info: Admission free with ticket for one of the performances of JUSTITIA! Identity Cases / without a ticket to the performance: Pay as you wish (Recommendation: €9)
Sun, November 27th, 5:30 pm / Location: brut nordwest
Talk with Şeyda Kurt & Selina Shirin Stritzel
About radical tenderness, friendship and identity politics
Concept/Performance Gin Müller Performance Edwarda Gurrola, Mariama Nzinga Diallo, Sandra Selimović Dramaturgy/Direction Gin Müller, Natalie Ananda Assmann, Selina Shirin Stritzel, Andreas Fleck Supporting program Natalie Ananda Assmann & Selina Shirin Stritzel Visuals Sabine Marte Sound/Music Lisa Kortschak Social Media Hicran Ergen Assistenz Ines Kaiser Video Patches Oliver Stotz Stage Rupert Müller Kostüm Noushin Redjaian Graphic design Georg Starzner Photos/Video documentation Magdalena Fischer
A co-production by Verein zur Förderung der Bewegungsfreiheit and brut Wien. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
There is an accompanying program before and after the performances with workshops, panels, discussions and music.
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)
Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Subway: U3 (Stephansplatz), U4 (Stadtpark),Tram: 1, 2, 71, D, U2Z (Oper, Karlsplatz)
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
Subway: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)