Saturday 28 april 7 pm  Palazzo Carbonesi

Antonia Baehr (D)
D is for Dog. If a human has a dog, a dog has a human
salon/performance, italian première

A Bestiary of agencies, kinds of relatings, and scores of time trump the imaginings of even the most baroque cosmologists. For me, that is what 'companion species' signifies.
(Donna Haraway -The Companion Species Manifesto - Dogs, People and Significant Otherness)

The first Salon hosted by Baehr is entitled D is for Dog. This Animal ABC opens a new series of Antonia Baehr solo performances and combines a vocal concerto, record spinning, an ethnological conference and tracing on an overhead projector. D is for Dog is an invitation to enter into the intimacy and complexity of companion species relationship. Tocky Von Arnim and Bettina Von Arnim have been living in the same house since nearly four years. They do not speak the same language, they are hardly alike and yet, they have assembled. In D is for Dog, Antonia Baehr sketches a subjective acoustic portrait of the affinity between her mother and her dog: can the house they share be read as the music/dance score of the stories of canine-human living together? What kind of language emerges from this long duet of everyday comings and goings, of these choreographies of affinities?


Antonia Baehr  is a German choreographer, director, performer and filmmaker characterized by a non-disciplinary work and collaborative methods. In 1994 she co-founded the Berlin-based performance group ex machinis. She graduated in Film and Media Arts at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Valie Export 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 of the performance group Goat Island. She is based in Berlin from 2000, where she co-organized Labor Sonor, experimental music and performance series and founded the series Fernwärme im Ausland – The Making of Performing Arts. From 2006 to 2008 she has been associated artist in residence at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in France. Antonia Baehr collaborates with Lindy Annis, Gaetan Bulourde, Valérie Castan, Antonija Livingstone, Eszter Salamon, Tamar Shelef, Andrea Neumann and William Wheeler. She is the producer of her alter egos: the dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, and the composer Henry Wilt. Her productions (performance and shows) are: For Faces, Over The Shoulder, Rire/Laugh/Lachen/Ridere, Danke-Merci-Thank You, Larry Peackock, Un aprés-midi e Holding Hands. She has published a book and a record on her project Ridere/Rire/Laugh/Lachen.