Antonia Baehr

Abecedarium Bestiarium


© Anja Weber


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Presented in English, German and French.

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 as part of Queer Performance Camp 2018.

Antonia Baehr is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker and visual artist. Her works explore the fiction of the everyday and of the theatre, among other themes. She works together with various partners, frequently in the form of switching roles: from project to project, each artist alternately takes on the role of either guest or host.

Baehr studied film and media arts at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, with Valie Export (1996) and obtained a DAAD-grant and a Merit Scholarship for the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. There she completed her Master in Performance with Lin Hixson. Since 2006, she has taught as guest professor at several European colleges. She has taken part in diverse group exhibitions (re.act.feminism, Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia Tallinn, Museo de Arte do Rio, MACBA Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, et al.); in 2012 the Neue Kunstverein Gießen showed her work in a solo exhibition.

From 2006 to 2008 Antonia Baehr was associate artist at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. From March to May 2013, The Beursschouwburg, Brussels, presented a programme comprising performances and films as well as an exhibition: “make up: at Antonia Baehr and Werner Hirsch’s table”. The works shown included those of artists who have worked over many years in various roles together with Hirsch and Baehr, as well as numerous works by Hirsch und Baehr themselves. In 2008, her book “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” was published, and “Abedecarium Bestiarium – Portraits of affinities in animal metaphors” was published in 2014.

Her long-term collaborators include William Wheeler, Valérie Castan and Lindy Annis, among others, and more recently Neo Hülcker and Latifa Laâbissi. Her productions for the stage encompass “Holding Hands” (2001); “Un après-midi” (2003); “Cat Calendar” (2004), with Antonija Livingstone; “Larry Peacock” (2005), coproduced by Andrea Neumann and Sabine Ercklentz; “Merci” (2006); “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” (2008); “Over The Shoulder” (2009); “For Faces” (2010); “My Dog is My Piano” (2012); “Abedecarium Bestiarium” (2013); “The Wildes” (2014), coproduced by Keren Ida Nathan (Ida Wilde) and Henry Wilde (Antonia Baehr); "Misses and Mysteries" (2015), with Valérie Castan (2015); "Normal Dance" (2016), "Röhrentier" (2016), "Exit" (2018) and „Consul and Meshie“, with Latifa Laâbissi in a visual installation by Nadia Lauro. In collaboration with Sabine Ercklentz, Baehr produced “Abecedarium Bestiarium. Affinitäten in Tiermetaphern”, a feature for WDR 3 that was broadcast in February 2015; and in June 2015, “Misses und Mysterien” was broadcast as a radio play on WDR 3.

Baehr is the producer of the horse whisperer and dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt and the aspirant New Music composer and ex-husband Henry Wilde.

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, Antonia Baehr
Production assistance
  • Sarah Blumenfeld, Barbara Greiner, Neo Hülcker
  • Guillaume Cailleau, Sabine Macher, William Wheeler
  • Angela Anderson
Subtitles and video calibration
  • Guillaume Cailleau, Hanna Slak
  • Elisabeth Leopold
Thanks to
  • Lindy Annis, Bettina von Arnim, ausland, Ulrich Baehr, Silke Bake, Sarah Bahr, Frédéric Borrotzu, Carola Caggiano, Uli Ertl, Walton Ford, Elisabeth Freeman, Andreas Harder, Nanna Heidenreich, Ulrike Melzwig, Wolfgang Müller, Conrad Noack,
  • François Noudelman, Alain Roux, Pauline Schroeder-Baehr, Marlène Shaw, Christiane & Arnulf Spengler, Gertrude Stein
Special thanks to
  • Beursschouburg, Brussels

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Beursschouwburg

Production: make up productions (Berlin) / Alexandra Wellensiek
Co-production: Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon – in the framework of the project Jardin d’Europe, with support of the European Commission and ]domaines[ (Montpellier), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen), steirischer herbst (Graz), Tanzquartier (Vienna), Les Subsistances (Lyon)
This project is co-produced by NXTSTP, with support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
La Chapelle presentations are supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.