Who Moves?!


eine performative Montage der Beweggründe

Project Types

  • Performance

Boats, fences, trains, camps, the open sea, crowds of people in transit – these are the images of migration that dominate the media. Who makes these pictures and how do womxn appear in them? What do images reveal and tell differently once we collectively dismantle and reassemble them? Swoosh Lieu take a feminist look at the topic of migration: What sets womxn voluntarily or involuntarily in motion since generations and in different political contexts? Why do they cross borders, what are they fighting for?

Based on a joint observation of images with womxn in motion, Swoosh Lieu sit down at the montage table of motives, ask questions about the power of images and the privilege of the gaze, about possibilities of expression and modes of perception.

(…) The production Who Moves?! by Swoosh Lieu is a feminist examination of these themes. In a precisely developed setting, Swoosh Lieu invite the audience to trace the motives that have prompted womxn for generations to voluntarily or involuntarily turn their backs on their homes and leave in search of a new beginning elsewhere. (…) With Who Moves?! the performance collective Swoosh Lieu has created a theatre piece that opens up space for unheard voices and unknown stories. The performers explicitly step back behind their materials. The political here becomes tangible precisely in the chosen format and the aesthetic means used.

Sandra Nuy, Program booklet Festival Politik im freien Theater 06/11/2018


Project Details


  • Johanna Castellconcept, light
  • Katharina Pelosiconcept, sound
  • Rosa Werneckeconcept, video
  • Lani Tran Ducspatial concept
  • Jones Seitztechnical management
  • Stawrula Panagiotakidramaturgy
  • Greta Granderathproduction
  • Caroline Froelichassistance, translation
  • Milena Wichertstage design assistant
  • Johanna Castell, Katharina Pelosi, Rosa Wernecke, Lani Tran Duc, Johanna Seitz, Greta Granderath, Caroline Froelich, Milena Wichert, Hanke Wilsmannstage workers
  • Hanke Wilsmanndocumentation photos
  • Ursula Schmidtdocumentation camera


A Swoosh Lieu production, co-produced by Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm. Supported by the Women’s Bureau of the City of Frankfurt am Main, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Gerda Weiler Stiftung, Naspa Stiftung. Supported by Kampagel Hamburg and Pappcube. Made possible by the Association of International Production Houses, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Rehearsed at Z. Zentrum für Proben und Forschung Frankfurt. Swoosh Lieu is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main.

Project History

Who Moves?!Performance

Kampnagel Halle K1 Hamburg Deutschland

Feministische Perspektiven auf Migration – Diskurse, Positionen, Aktionen

  • Lecture
Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm Lokal im Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main Deutschland