Les subsistances

Creative research laboratory - Lyon
Theater / Dance / Circus / Music

Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2012 - 2013

Beginning with The Abecedarium Bestiarium

Antonia Baehr (D)

Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, 2012



Theme : Sexual identities

“Fifteen friends wrote me 15 short scores about an extinct animal of their choice that represents them or with which they feel an affinity.
The extinct animal symbolizes “the Other,” subsumed by the majority, the norm. Too big to reproduce itself, too slow, too able to see. Emblematic of the strange, the weird, the perverse and the maladjusted. The thing that throws us into melancholy, dreams and fantasy, yet at the same time informs us, like a metaphor, about our relationship to our environment. It is a voice from the world of the dead distilling a dark vision full of humor.”

Antonia Baehr, a Queer performance artist, works on identity, its transmission, and its construction. In this piece, she turns a few pages of her living bestiary for us, speaking to us of humans as well as animals that become extinct because they can’t adjust.


General conception, production and performance : Antonia Baehr
Dramaturgie : Valérie Castan
Lighting : Sylvie Garot
Sound : Manuel Coursin
Administration : Alexandra Wellensiek
Video : Angela Anderson

N : Composition, interpretation and choregraphy : Andrea Neumann
T : Text, voice, composition, costume et choregraphy : Steffi Weismann
M : Choregraphy and composition : Valérie Castan
D : Text : Dodo Heidenreich

Thanks to : Angela Anderson, Lindy Annis, Bettina von Arnim, Ausland, Ulrich Baehr, Valérie Castan, Walton Ford, Elisabeth Freeman, Ulrike Melzwig, Wolfgang Müller, Conrad Noack, François Noudelman, Alain Roux, Pauline Schroeder-Baehr, Gertrude Stein, Ida Wilde (Keren Ida Nathan)
Support : Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin


Antonia Baehr is a choreographer, performance artist and film director. She lives and works in Berlin. Her productions include: Un après-midi (2003), Larry Peacock (2005), and Merci (2006) with Valérie Castan. She performed Nom d’une pipe (2006) with Lindy Annis and Rire (2008) at Les Subsistances.


Retrouvez des extraits de la performance sur Arte Creative (captation aux Subsistances samedi 24 novembre 2012).




Dates & horaires

Sat 24 November 2012 / 17:15

Sun 25 November 2012 / 17:30

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