SUBFRAU

HÄR SLÅR SUBFRAU FÖR NATTEN (Working title)

WHEN: Planned premiere June 2021 (World premiere)

WHERE: Hangö Teaterträff, touring in Nordic countries 2021-2022

WHO:

Process leader & Choreograph: Tove Sahlin (SE)
Concept: Tove Sahlin & subfrau
Working group: María Palsdottír (IS), Ida Løken Valkeapää (NO), Lotten Roos (SE), Sofia Törnqvist (FI), Joanna Wingren (FI), Kristina Alstam (SE), Sonja Ahlfors (FI). 
In collaboration with: subfrau and Shake it Collaborations

Subfrau was created by eight women graduating from Helsinki Theatre Academy in 2001. All the female students shared an anger and frustration toward the education system that was hierarchic and hostile towards women. After the 3-week-long drag king -workshop in Theatre Academy with the artist Diane Torr (US), we gained back our faith in performance art and in ourselves. Within the workshop, we created male alter egos which performed on various stages in Helsinki. In 2001 we started Subfrau as a direct extension of Torr’s workshop. Since then Subfrau has made seven performances with focus on gender, the construction of it, and on power; always from an investigating perspective. Subfrau has toured with its work throughout Nordic countries (incl. Greenland and the Faroe Islands) and Subfrau still has a cult reputation in the Nordic countries. A testimony of Subfrau’s significance can be found as a mention in Tiina Rosenborg’s book “Ilska, hopp och solidaritet: Med feministisk scenkonst i framtiden” . In 2011, Subfrau made its last performance and from then on the group has taken a pause. In 2021 Subfrau will make a comeback where 7 out of 8 original members will participate.

Shake it Collaborations (SiC) is an umbrella term for Tove Sahlin’s varied artistic practice with its base in Stockholm. SiC creates new productions, works with producing and presenting performances, develops workshop concepts, discussions, festivals, and creates context for political discourse. Tove Sahlin is a choreographer, director, and performance artist as well as an artistic director for Shake it Collaborations. Tove Sahlin is the house choreographer for Riksteatern during the 2019-2020 season.

WHAT: “Här slår Subfrau läger för natten” (working title) is an unique encounter between three groups – Subfrau, Blaue Frau, and Shake it Collaborations, in which Subfrau invited Tove Sahlin to lead the working process. Tove Sahlin will have a premiere with her work HÄRbärgera in Stockholm in November of 2020. After Subfrau has seen the performance, we  will re-interpret Sahlin`s performance and build something new from what we saw and what inspired us. We want to abandon late capitalism and individualism and that is why Tove Sahlin will GIVE her performance HÄRbärgera for Subfrau as a gift or as a legacy. We see the idea of the lone genius or the genius group constellation as an author, as a false representation of individuality, as something that will crush us instead of giving us strength. Subfrau is back!

LOGO: Johan Isaksson