CRIPTONITE – BE INSPIRED!
Edwin Ramirez & Nina Mühlemann (Zürich)
entrance € 12,00 | reduced € 6,00
LUISE Engagement & Kultur
30.10. 19:00 – 20:10
31.10. 16:00 – 17:10
Artist talk after the performance on 30.10., moderated by Max Dorner (in German)|Half an hour before the performances there is a walk-through of the stage for blind and visually impaired audiences with the audio description team, Carolin Jüngst and Tilmann Sailer
In German with English and German surtitles
BE INSPIRED! deals with the connections between disability, inspiration, superpowers, and heroism in our everyday life and uses black humour, irony and aesthetics leaning on comic books in order to critically and mischievously scrutinise this subject matter together with the audience. This theatre event is an edition of the CRIPTONITE series, which is staged by the performance artists Edwin Ramirez and Nina Mühlemann. A queer, punky room, in which the creative work and self-determination of artists with disabilities takes centre stage. To make artistic work at cultural institutions accessible to a larger number of people with disabilities, one person is previously selected and supported in elaborating their own performance. On what is inspiration judged? Who precisely are these everyday heroes? In BE INSPIRED! the performers use their superpowers: lip syncing, thought reading and telekinesis.
Concept | Performance Nina Mühlemann | Edwin Ramirez Guest performance Roy Gastperformance (Video) Patricia Koller | Anja Gsottschneider Dramaturgy Kathrin Veser Stage Gabriela Rutz Sound Susanne Affolter Light Marek Lamprecht Projektbetreuung Blanka Radoczy Audiodeskription Carolin Jüngst Beratung Audiodeskription Tilmann Sailer Übertitel Sarah Schoch | Clara Schneider Produktion Sarah Schoch
Nina Mühlemann grew up in Zürich and studied English Literature in Basel and London. At the end of 2017, she completed her doctoral thesis at King’s College London, in the fields of Performance and Disability Studies. From the summer of 2018 until the end of 2019, she directed the Future Clinic for Critical Caretogether with the artist Jeremy Wade, a socioculturally animated art project with events in Gessnerallee Zürich, and the Impulsfestival Vienna, which was about care and care work. Since 2020 she has been directing the project CRIPTONITE, a crip-queer event series, together with Edwin Ramirez. She also co-organised the IntegrART Symposium 2019, a network project of the Migros Culture Percentage, which supports artists with a disablement, and directs the IntegrART Reflection Format 2021.
Edwin Ramirez is a performance artist and stand-up comedian from Zürich. Since the beginning of his comedy career in summer 2015, he has performed on all the big comedy stages of the German-speaking part of Switzerland and on Swiss Television. From the summer of 2018 until the end of 2019, he was part of the Future Clinic for Critical Care, a socioculturally animated art project with events in Gessnerallee Zürich, which centred around care and care work. In October 2020, he was part of the piece STAR MAGNOLIA in the Theater Neumarkt. Since the beginning of 2020, he has been directing the project CRIPTONITE, a crip-queer event series, together with Nina Mühlemann.
Author Patricia Koller researches and writes on social issues (such as victims of violent crime) and fights as an activist to improve the rights of the severely disabled and mentally ill. She is a volunteer for the severely disabled and mentally ill and is the director of the nationwide self-help network "Personal Budget for the Severely Disabled - Disability Rights." Patricia Koller has built up a nationwide network that frequently exchanges information on a friendly basis with other networks. She communicates with politicians of (almost) all parties to improve the situation of people with disabilities or mental illness and to insist that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Germany has signed, finally be implemented. A society that patronizes, excludes and sorts out those in need of help is dangerous, as German history made clear to us during the Nazi dictatorship, when hundreds of thousands of severely disabled and mentally ill people were systematically murdered in so-called "sanatoriums" such as Eglfing-Haar (now the kbo clinic of the district of Upper Bavaria). In 2020, she founded the Behindertenverband Bayern e.V. (Association for the Disabled in Bavaria).
Anja Gsottschneider, born 1972 in Upper Bavaria. Studied art and photography. Many years of cooperation with other artists, publications of poems and texts as an author in the field of humor, satire, video productions of music videos and smaller exhibitions in the context of "various" projects. chakchak.com
Production and realization
Support City of Zurich | Canton of Zurich | Migros Kulturprozent Zurich | Corymbo Foundation | Federal Office for the Equality of People with Disabilities EBGB. Criptonite is part of the production platform Freischwimmen. Realization in cooperation with LUISE – Engagement und Kultur and with the Grenzgänger Festival.