Maybe admiring is sort of like being in love. People are fascinated by role models, even adore them. We want to be the same. And even attempt to mimic the gestures and appearance of our role models. Adolescents, in particular, sense an air of excitement around them.

«Mimesia» is an evening dedicated to admiration. Miriam Coretta Schulte and the performer Oliver Roth show us which role models they have admired in the past. Miriam idolised Esmeralda and was later fascinated by Rickard Engorf’s appearance in the music video «Pass this on» by The Knife. Sometimes even children are named after role models. Miriam’s second name, Coretta, is a reference to civil rights activist Coretta Scott King. However, aged six, she thought other names had a better ring to them. What remains of our former role models? According to «Mimesia», it’s the solidaric practice of admiration. Role models change, but sometimes the actions and appearance of a person evoke admiration in us. An evening for everyone who has role models or is looking for them.

Miriam Coretta Schulte is an artist, theatre-maker, performer and dramatic adviser. She lives and works in Basel. Her works often focus on the potential and powerlessness of bodies. Her solo project «Hack-No-Tech» was followed by «A night called Layla», which has also toured internationally. «Mimesia» is the result of a residence in Cairo that focused on feminist practices. In the meantime, the production has developed into a choreographic lecture performance.  After residing and sharing excerpts from «Mimesia» at Dampfzentrale Bern at the start of the year, Miriam and her team now present the resulting production.

Mit: Rahel Kesselring, Oliver Roth, Miriam Coretta Schulte. Team: Johanna Hilari, Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs, Natascha Moschini, Felix Worpenberg. Übersetzung: Anne Posten.

Koproduktion: far° festival Nyon, Kaserne Basel.

Förder*innen: Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Loterie Romande, Fondation Nestlé pour lʼArt, Ernst Göhner Stiftung. Unterstützt durch: Sasso Residency, Gessnerallee Zürich, Dampfzentrale Bern, PACT Zollverein Essen.

Fotocredits: Svenja Schulte.