Women in Europe are still fighting for what Rwanda achieved long ago: 62% of their members of parliament are female. In Germany, the figure is just 34%. This East African country declared gender parity the basis of its politics in 1994. Meanwhile in Germany, this kind of parity is still a long way off despite gender equality being enshrined in common law since 1949.

A Rwandan and a German performer discuss numbers and realities from both countries, using a drum as the central symbol of power. They take a peek behind the curtain: if women are empowered, how do men deal with losing their power and what are the lines of confrontation in the home? How slowly or quickly do quotas change a culture and the mindset of a nation?

With speeches, statistics, songs and protest choreography, Learning Feminism from Rwanda follows the trail of Rwandan fast-track feminism from shiny statistics and glass ceilings to hearth and home. Let’s see how much Europe can learn from Rwanda?

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, three performers from Kigali will be present on video and one German and one Rwandan performer will be live on stage.

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Die Wiederaufnahme wird gefördert vom Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR. These additional performances are supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

  • Thurs, January 19, 2023 | 8pmMain Stage
  • with 2 additional performances until Jan 21st

Duration: 75 minutes

Artistic Direction: Lisa Stepf & Sophia Stepf | Devised and Performed by: Lisa Stepf, Wesley Ruzibiza (Live Performance) Yvette Niyomufasha, Natacha Muziramakenga, Wesley Ruzibiza (Video Performance) | Direction: Sophia Stepf | Video Design & Scenography: Marc Jungreithmeier | Choreography: Wesley Ruzibiza | Composition: Andi Otto / Inanga Recordings: Sophia Nzayisenga | Performance 2020: Nirere Shanel | Costume Design: Tatjana Kautsch in collaboration with Cédric Mizero, Maximilian Muhawenimana, Afriek, Ibaba Rwanda and Louise Mutabazi | Video Kigali: Kivu Ruhorahoza | Lighting Design & Technical Direction: Susana Alonso | Set construction: büro unbekannt
Production Management Rwanda & Dramaturgy: Louise Mutabazi | Management Flinn Works: xplusdrei Produktionsbüro

A Flinn Works Production in Cooperation with EANT Festival/Amizero Kompagnie
Co-produced by Theater Freiburg, Sophiensæle Berlin, Goethe-Institut Kigali, Kaserne Basel, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne

In cooperation with Staatstheater Kassel, Theater Tuchlaube Aarau, FFT Düsseldorf

Supported by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Kulturamt der Stadt Kassel, Gerhard-Fieseler-Stiftung, Between Bridges