(c) Maya Röttger

Joana Tischkau / Aljoscha Tischkau

  • Performance

Beyoncé and Jay-Z, The Kelly Family, The Simpsons, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Married… With Children, Family Feud – social concepts of family have often been reinforced by (pop)cultural representation. Although it might seem fairly obvious that relation and connections akin to relation can function beyond similarities in physical appearance, non-white and queer persons have been repeatedly denied this connection.

YO BRO questions common normative depictions of family, it picks them up and distorts them. Choreographer, performer, and theatre artist Joana Tischkau examines cultural and historical representations of family relationships in art in this work, together with her twin brother Aljoscha Tischkau, who works as a social education worker.

Utilising their bodies’ performative potential, they create new images of similarity and difference, thus telling family (hi)story anew.

Duration: approx. 90 min.

Direction: Joana Tischkau; Performance: Aljoscha, Joana Tischkau and family members from Düsseldorf; Stage Design: Carlo Siegfried; Costumes: Nadine Bakota; Sound Design: Frieder Blume; Dramaturgy und Artistic Assistance: Elisabeth Hampe, Nuray Demir; Video & 3D Animation: Sondi; Light Design & Technical Direction: Hendrik Borowski; Assistenzen: Laura-Marie Preßmar, Ina Trenk, Katharina Kraatz; Production Management, Distribution: Joana Tischkau, Lisa Gehring.

YO BRO is a production by Joana Tischkau, Künstlerinnenhaus Mousonturm and Schauspiel Frankfurt. In co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Festspielhaus St. Pölten / Tangente St. Pölten – Festival für Gegenwartskultur, tanzhaus nrw, Kampnagel Hamburg, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Gessnerallee Zürich and the 11th Festival Politik im Freien Theater in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education and Künstlerinnenhaus Mousonturm, Schauspiel Frankfurt and Festival-AG, a network of the local independent scene in Frankfurt.
Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. The project was supported by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main.
Sponsored by Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.