Liminal Beast of Prey is an ever-evolving queer wrestling performance collective consisting of a fluid team of multidisciplinary artists. Using storytelling, choreography and combat tricks, they create an idiosyncratic high-energy show giving the space for narratives that are often unseen, celebrating queer identities and expressing post-capitalist desires. The first show: Turbocrazy Hannover Combat, Initiated by choreographer and dancer Anna Posch, took place at Ihmezentrum during #youpromisedmeacity conference about city development.
Currently led by Emilia Kurylowicz, Julian Wirag, Asya Ashman and Emma Adler,the second iteration of the show took place under the title Core of Genesis on the 8th of June 2023 within the series Kunst im Untergrund - Neue Urbane Öffentlichkeiten organized by ngbk Gallery. Happening in the middle ‘bermuda triangle” between the Rotes Rathaus, Neptunbrunnen and Marx-Engels Forum (but also at the gates of TK Maxx and Decathlon and in the specter/shadow of Fernsehturm), the Liminal Beast is slipping into the cracks of bizarre urban reality of Alexanderplatz surroundings. The audience will have a chance to witness a feast of ambiguity, between rage and love, competition and solidarity, mysticism and construction sites, pleasure and pain.
Core of Genesis will reveal old and new wrestling personas played by:
Asya Ashman, Emma Adler, Nobutaka Shomura, FRZNTE, Janne Kummer, Emilia Kurylowicz, Mateo Argerich, Oskar Pawełko, Dan Su and Julian Wyrag, as well as some surprise guests.
It was made possible by collective effort and involves contributions by all the present and past members including: Anna Posch, Szuga Szu, Aaa Biczysko, Joel Cotterel and Vincent Almgren.
Core of Genesis is an idiosyncratic wrestling performance that addresses current political developments and conditions in Germany’s capital city of Berlin. With the help of absurd humour, storytelling, choreography, and combat tricks, the collective Liminal Beast of Prey creates a wilful show chock-full of energy that provides space for often-invisible narratives, celebrates queer identities and expresses post-capitalist longings. In the “Bermuda Triangle” between the Rotes Rathaus, the Neptunbrunnen and the Marx-Engels-Forum (but also in front of the entrances of retailers such as TK Maxx and Decathlon, as well as in the shadow of the TV tower), the “liminal beast” slips into the cracks of the bizarre urban realities surrounding Alexanderplatz.
Six wrestling personas representing various natural and supernatural forces clash in allegorical fights leading up to a grand finale where they unite to defeat the super-villain: Re-Captcha - the AI offspring of Silicon Valley tech-bros. Each battle addresses various socio-political problems such as right-wing technocracy, climate change, extractivist economy, and digital dependency.
The ring also sees figures such as Toxic Butterfly whose toxic traits are both physical and psychological, BBL Data Disturbia - perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards through their addiction to digital content and plastic surgery, Sunami Fog - a water being who is equally nurturing and dangerous, Boa Constructa - the serpent-leader of the cult of exponential capitalist growth manifested in omnipresent construction sites, and Grandpa Earth - the planet personified, tired but rebellious in the face of violence.
The rounds are intercepted by introductions by the moderatrix: Corax Cortisol (aka Janet) and cheers by Bill - the hype man, as well as short interventions by some unruly wrestlers. Scenes from the show’s script meet rehearsed choreographies as well as improvised moments and spontaneous comments that involve the audience.
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