Helena Kontoudakis & France-Elena Damian
Intersectionality in your own work
There is no hierarchy of oppression and the strategy of divide and conquer will not be overcome as long as we do not perceive our differences, do not celebrate them and do not use them for our mutual development and empowerment, as Audre Lorde points out in one of her essays. In the present time, in which everything possible is used to divide and set people against each other, it is important to overcome the limits of our own world of experience. Intersectionality enables us to do just that: to take different perspectives or even to perceive them at all and to put them in relation to our own. In this workshop we will therefore deal with intersectionality as a concept for sensitizing for empowering differences. Under the motto “Check your privilege!” we will collect levels of discrimination and privilege. Afterwards we will discuss together how we can integrate the knowledge about intersectionality into our appearance, our working methods and our attitude and thus overcome the existing system. We explicitly point out that we are not experts in this field, but want to set out on a path together to share experiences, knowledge, strength and challenges.
We strive to make the event as barrier-free as possible so that blind, deaf and mobility-impaired people can participate and share their impressions with us.
Helena Kontoudakis is a Greek-Swiss director with German-Jewish and Asia Minor roots. Even before studying directing at the Basel School of Acting, she began staging self-written texts in search of new narratives. She is an honorary member of the board of the Pro Quote Bühne association and is committed to equal representation of all artistic departments in the performing arts. Her current project STÜCK FLEISCH (Piece of Meat), as a future myth, is intended to promote the empowerment of talented womyn in the performing arts, both conceptually and in terms of content.
France-Elena Damian, born in 1977 in Brasov (Romania), grew up as the child of two ballet dancers in theaters and variety shows. She attended the “George Enescu” Ballet Academy in Bucharest until 1987, when her parents fled to Germany. In Berlin she studied directing at the “Ernst Busch” Academy of Dramatic Arts. She directs throughout Germany, including at the Sophiensaele Berlin, the Schauspiel Magdeburg, the Landestheater Schwerin and Coburg, the Staatstheater Darmstadt, the Heimathafen Neukölln and in New York. She is a board member and co-founder of the association Pro Quote Bühne and has been part of the artistic management team of tak – Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg since January 2018.