Do you have friends? Or are you often alone? Do you have enough pocket money? Or does your family just manage to get by? Are your parents still alive? Or did you lose them seeking refuge? But most important: Am I the first person asking you these questions?
Something we are too seldomly concerned with: Asking questions. Often assuming we already know the answer: he is just not cool, she is just unpopular. But maybe she has seen war herself and therefore does not trust other people. Maybe he is a little chubby and therefore ashamed of himself. And maybe they still manage to conquer their fears to be here right now. Maybe their obstacles were just much harder to overcome than yours.
Questions – questioning myself, questioning others, questioning information’s. This is our way to fight stereotypes, prejudices, and resentment. Not everybody has the privilege of starting at the pole position.
With their fourth piece “NoExcuse!” the choreographer and stage director Steffi Jöris and the author Anna-Luise Braune question why solidarity and tolerance are not to be taken for granted in our society.