DON’T RECOGNIZE ME | Hanna Hegenscheidt (DE)


Duration: 60


Created in collaboration with the performers Lisa Densem, Grayson Millwood,Anna-Luise Recke, Laurie Young
Idea: Hanna Hegenscheidt and Ulrich Huhn
Directing: Hanna Hegenscheidt
Dramaturgy: Ulrich Huhn
Stage: Moritz Nitsche
Costumes: Franziska Schrage, Hanna Hegenscheidt and all performers
Sound: TITO
Lights: Benjamin Schälike
Production: Franziska Schrage
Many thanks to Andrea Bozic, Sher Doruff, Jeroen Fabius, Annette Gödde, Jorge Gonzalves, Stephan Weiland, Uferstudios Berlin and Mime Center Berlin
Credit photo: Dieter Hartwig

Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin

The presentation of  DON’T RECOGNIZE ME in Bucharest is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.


Based on the Hollywood film Imitation of life by Douglas Sirk, Hanna Hegenscheidt’s new production Don’t recognize me explores the melodrama genre more fully. In this postwar movie Sirk takes a critical look at the “american way of life”. With his ambiguous and controversial directing style he depicts relationships between mothers and daughters, friendships between black and white women and tensions between men and career-oriented women.Together with four performers Hegenscheidt dissects the semiotic system of the film, fragments the spoken and the physical script and reconfigures it. The glamorous on-screen epos turns into a minimalist on-stage experiment about relations and the interplay of choreography and narrational meaning.

Hanna Hegenscheidt (concept and choreography) is a freelance choreographer and teacher of Klein Technique™. She has studied and worked as a dancer for many years in New York before moving to Berlin in 2004. Her work has been presented internationally. In June 2014 she finished her Masters in Choreography at the Theaterschool of Amsterdam.