Dea Ex Machina


Project Types

  • Performance


It’s raining: In times of anti-feminist rollback, we face the dystopias envisioned by feminist pioneers. It is from this vantage point that Swoosh Lieu embark on a queerfeminist future together with their audience and an ensemble of stage tools. They hack narrative styles, lines of sight and stage technology systems, build new networks, genders and machines, as they question concepts of kinship. In their call for the pleasurable blurring and responsible use of boundaries, they mobilize imagination as a machine of liberation:

  1. We have always woven against hegemony
  2. Mistakes are an opportunity and transformation means emancipation
  3. Technology is our liberation and not our oppression
  4. Nothing is connected to everything; everything is connected to something
  5. Make kin, not babies
  6. Whatever the future will be, we are ready and so is our rainbow

Project Details


  • Johanna Castellconcept, light
  • Katharina Pelosiconcept, sound
  • Rosa Werneckeconcept, video
  • Magdalena Emmerigspace
  • Frieder Millerperformance, puppets
  • Jones Seitztechnical director
  • Verena Katzdramaturgical support
  • Hannah Fitschprofessional advice
  • Friederike Thielmannoutside eye
  • Felix Gieslerassistant
  • Katharina Oltassistant of scenography
  • Annett Hardegenproduction management
  • Gefährliche Arbeittechnical production


A Swoosh Lieu production, co-produced by Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm. Funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste, Women’s Bureau of the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst and the Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung. Swoosh Lieu is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main.

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