Pink people wanna know if other pink people like hip-hop
how can it still be hip-hop?
That’s like asking, if Black people like
is he still Clint Eastwood? (Greg Tate)
Gangstas, pimps and hoes: The rap world in the US is drowning in images of excessive masculinity. When Black artists such as Cam’ron and Kanye West set off a fashion trend of pink plush, fur and velour in the early 2000s, they proved that even Barbie’s favorite color cannot harm the image of heterosexual masculinity. With the performance Being Pink Ain’t Easy, the choreographer Joana Tischkau makes the fragility of social constructs such as race and gender visible and poses a question to what extent are the bodies of the “others” used to reinforce the structural power of white cis masculinity?
Performance: Rudi Äneas Natterer
Dramaturgical & Artistic Assistance: Nuray Demir & Elisabeth Hampe
Sound Design: Frieder Blume
Stage: Inga Danysz
Light: Juri Rendler
Costume: Nadine Bakota
Production management: Lisa Gehring
A production by Joana Tischkau in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, Münchner Kammerspiele and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. The Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, a project of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and the Hessischen Staatsballett is made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Foundation Alliance [Aventis Foundation, BHF BANK Stiftung, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner-Stiftung, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main]. Funded by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt. Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK co-production support dance, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The revival is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Joana Tischkau dances. Her first dancing memory goes back to Kaoma’s 1989 Hit Lambada which she moved to at a children's birthday party. This experience led her to enroll at her neighborhood dance school for training in Jazzdance, Hip Hop and Videoclip Dancing. In 2010 she decided to make it official so she went on to study contemporary dance and theatre at Coventry University in the UK and choreography and performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen. Her artistic practice is a hybrid mash-up where the writings of bell hooks meet beatboxing, whiteness is turned into a work-out, youtube tutorials become here only source material and where Roberto Blanco is hailed as an afro-german hero, subversively distorting socio-cultural practices, codes and meanings inscribed onto bodies of color within the context of pop culture, western art and dance history. Joana works independently as a choreographer, dancer and community dance artist and in teaching. One of her recent productions, PLAYBLACK is a copy of the 1990 Kids Television program Mini Playback Show and was invited to the Tanzplattform Deutschland in 2020. PLAYBLACK formed the conceptual breeding ground for BEING PINK AIN'T EASY.