“Pink people wanna know if other pink people like hip-hop
How can it still be hip-hop?
That’s like asking, if Black people like
Is he still Clint Eastwood?”
Gangstas, pimps and hoes: the world of US hip-hop is saturated with images of exaggerated masculinity. When Black artists like Cam'ron and Kanye West started a fashion trend of pink plush, fur and velour in the early 2000s, they proved that even Barbie's favourite colour could not harm the image of heterosexual masculinity. For the African-American rappers perfectly embodied the racialised attributions of heterosexuality, hypermasculinity and aggressiveness. In Being Pink Ain't Easy, choreographer Joana Tischkau once again takes a look at the insatiable white desire for black forms of expression. She finds a congenial partner in performer Rudi Natterer. Sometimes powerfully posing, then tearfully fragile, he experiences hyper-marking: he cannot escape his pinkness and is confronted with the hard-to-bear fact of being a profiteer of the white power matrix. In an analytically sharp and at the same time humorous way, the piece searches for the ambivalences that are interwoven between defence mechanisms such as “white fragility” (Robin DiAngelo) and forms of cultural appropriation.
Choreography: Joana Tischkau
Performance: Rudi Natterer
Sound Design: Frieder Blume
Dramaturgy & Artistic Collaboration: Nuray Demir & Elisabeth Hampe
Costumes: Nadine Bakota
Set: Inga Danysz
Lights: Juri Rendler
Production Management: Lisa Gehring
A Joana Tischkau production, co-produced by SOPHIENSÆLE, Münchner Kammerspiele and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. Funded by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main. Supported by the Nationales Performance Netz Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Photos: DorotheaTuch and Zombie Nanny