Demonstration with Money

photos: David Bruckmüller

Ballhaus Ost, Berlin (25/05/2023)

In the performance Demonstration with Money, we simulate a demonstration that does not (yet) exist. By demonstrating with money, we try to develop a disturbed relationship to money and to construct a demonstration that could radically question public order.

For this, we misappropriate the power accumulated in money to imagine a space and time different from reality. We use the power of abstraction that lies at the origin of money to simulate a new situation. We try to (re)appropriate the interactions, movements and desires stored in money and speculate on a different collective interest. The purchasing power of money turns into a power of  assembly, a medium of separation becomes a medium of coming together.

In a collective listening situation, banknotes become the material for an experience that turns the everyday use of money upside down. Two performers equipped with a megaphone organize the simulated assembly. In different tracks, the text guides the construction of the situation and spatializes processes of reflection, memory and imagination. The participants reposition themselves again and again, practice a gesture and rehearse the situation of a demonstration with money.

Demonstration with Money was presented as part of the double feature Situationstraining in Ballhaus Ost Berlin. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR #TakeHeart Residency Grant in cooperation with Theater im Ballsaal Bonn and Mousonturm Frankfurt.

© Felix Falczyk, Johanna Herschel 2024.