WHEN: Premiere in June 2022 (World premiere)
WHERE: TBA. Touring in Nordic countries 2022-2023
Process leader: Lisen Rosell (SE)
Concept: Lisen Rosell & subfrau
Working group: María Palsdottír (IS), Ida Løken Valkeapää (NO), Lotten Roos (SE), Joanna Wingren (FI), Kristina Alstam (SE), Sonja Ahlfors (FI).
In collaboration with: subfrau
WHAT: subfrau`s comeback in 2021 is a unique meeting between two groups, subfrau and Blaue Frau. Together with process leader, Lisen Rosell, we are creating a new, subversive, “never seen” piece of art. We want to abandon late capitalism and individualism. The Subject, as we have known it, has to die. 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!
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 6 out of 8 original members will participate.
Lisen Rosell is a stage artist who works on both her own projects and in collective processes with other artists. In her work, she integrates feminist methods, humor, and class awareness. Rosell is interested in what is considered “bad culture” and the tension between the accepted and the inappropriate. She is crazy about nuances in conversation and speech, and the form and content of spontaneous dialogue in a performative context. She strives to develop methods for broadening the concept of theater, for audience meetings, and for stage expression. Lisen is a member of the ÖFA-collective and has been a co-creator on most of the collective´s performances since its start in 2006. In recent years, Lisen has been a co-creator of Harlequin at Hangö Teaterträff, Grottbjörnens folk at Turteatern, Cuteness Overload at Kulturhuset stadsteatern Fri scen, Tipspromenaden – Konsthall C , What happens in Uppsala stays in Uppsala at Uppsala stadseater, ÖFA: Monster at ZebraDans. As a freelance actress, she has worked in places such as Unga Klara, Unga Tur, Teater Tre, Stockholm City Theater Skärholmen, Teater Halland. Link to ÖFA here
The performance is supported by Nordic Culture Fund/OPSTART, Konstnärsnämnden/Traveling grant (SE), Nordic Culture Fund/Project Funding, Föreningen Konstsamfundet (FIN), Kulturrådet (NO), FFUK (NO), Kulturrådet (SE)
PRESS PHOTO: Fabian Björk