Antonia Baehr

Abecedarium Bestiarium


Portraits of affinities in animal metaphors

In Abecedarium Bestiarium the Berlin-based choreographer Antonia Baehr has invited her friends to write short pieces for her, based on an ABC of extinct animals: D is for Dodo, T is for Tasmanian tiger, S is for Steller's sea cow... The authors choose an extinct animal that they feel strongly about. This brings about heterogenous choreographic miniatures in which they reflect their respective affinity to the chosen animal as well as their friendship to Antonia Baehr.

Presented in collaboration with Goethe Institut.



Overall concept, production and performance
  • Antonia Baehr
With compositions by
  • Frédéric Bigot (electronicat), Pauline Boudry, Valérie Castan, Lucile Desamory, Vinciane Despret, Sabine Ercklentz, Dodo Heidenreich, Christian Kesten, Keren Ida Nathan (Ida Wilde), Andrea Neumann, Stefan Pente, Isabell Spengler, Steffi Weismann,William W
Artistic collaboration
  • Valérie Castan
Lighting design
  • Sylvie Garot
Lighting direction
  • Luc Jenny
Sound design
  • Manuel Coursin, Eric Yvelin
  • Carola Caggiano
  • Patty Eggerickx, Steffi Weismann, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Werner Hirsch
  • Alexandra Wellensiek
Production assistance
  • Sarah Blumenfeld, Barbara Greiner
  • Guillaume Cailleau, Sabine Macher, William Wheeler
  • Angela Anderson

Antonia Baehr (b. 1970) is a choreographer. Her work is characterised by a non-disciplinary approach and a method of collaborating with different people using a game-like structure and switching roles: each person takes turns being director, author, host, performer and guest. In 1994 she co-founded the Berlin-based performance group ex machinis. She studied film and media arts at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with Valie Export, graduating in 1996. She was then awarded a DAAD grant and merit scholarship for the School of The Art Institute of Chicago where she completed her masters in performance with Lin Hixson from the performance group Goat Island and began collaborating with William Wheeler. She has been based in Berlin since 2000. She co-organised labor sonor, an experimental music and performance series, at KuLe Theater from 2001 to 2003 and co-hosted the Radioriff festival in December 2003 in ausland – Territory for experimental music, performance and art (Berlin). She was associate artist-in-residence at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in France between 2006 and 2008. In 2008 she published her book Rire/Laugh/Lachen. Her productions include Holding hands (2000), Un après-midi (2003), Cat Calendar with Antonija Livingstone (2004), Larry Peacock co-produced by Sabine Ercklentz and Andrea Neumann (2005), Merci (2006), Rire (2008), For Faces (2010) and My Dog is My Piano (2012). Antonia Baehr has also worked with Lindy Annis, Valérie Castan and Arantxa Martinez. In addition, she also produces the work of horse whisperer and dancer Werner Hirsch, musician and choreographer Henri Fleur and composer Henry Wilt.