KAMMERQUEERS PRESENTS: AN ANTI-TOOTHPASTE MANIFESTO
Theater is a very busy space - full of objects, costumes, people, roles, stories. But
through all the chaos is a very organised structure, a very well looks-like-a-messorganized-
place that leaves a clean after-taste. Like a strong (dentist-recommended!)
toothpaste that erases any other taste. Even a cigarette is not enjoyable anymore. Let’s
call this ‘Extremely Strong Spearmint Extra Whitening:Caution Will Cause Gum Bleeding’
taste (to make it short: ESSEWCWCGB-taste). I add in the gum bleeding because you
all know what I’m talking about. We’re speaking from a dirty queer point-of-view, of
course. Got you by surprise! Rude. At this point I have to admit that I’ve stopped
cleaning my not-so-pearly-whites. They’re too sensitive, like my gums.
Heteronormativity, like whiteness, is the ‘Normal-Machine’, with pre-prepared logic,
goals, dominants dominating their domination to reproduce ‘are they photoshopped?’
smiles. It is the ‘Extremely Strong Spearmint Extra Whitening:Caution Will Cause Gum
Bleeding’ taste that we are left with, because the stories we are telling to the public, and
to ourselves, have already been told in different forms, not just once, but thousands of
times. We, and bear with me here with this metaphor, ARE THE TOOTHPASTE. It might
feel exaggerated, BUT IT’S NOT. We are neatly organised toothpaste tubes on shelves -
well-marketed, branded, manufactured, identical packaging full of promises, obedient
and motionless. Now and then, a new line of packaging - shiny, beautiful, glitterspecked,
sensitive ! Sometimes there’s even an inch of scandal - ‘Nelken Taste’, oh how
exotic ! But trust us, it’s the same shit.
Imagine that one day you bought, maybe while trying to buy bio, a new toothpaste.
Neutral taste, it doesn’t sting your mouth, make your gums bleed. You feel a little dirty, a
little different, a little queer, the words that come out of your mouth are filthier and you
know what? Filth is our politics! Filth is our life! Embrace it, embrace a theater that is
Queer. To quote Jose Esteban Munez from “Cruising Utopia”: “Queerness is primarily
about futurity and hope… We must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other
ways of being in the world and ultimately other worlds.”. Put. Down. The. Toothpaste.
We need to create a queer theatre based on Hope, on Utopia. A theatre that is
abnormal, strange, dangerous, unstable. We will be disappointed, but it’s part of the
process. We have created the KammerQueers, a collective of Queer people from the
Kammerspiele : we are anti-racist, anti-cissexist, definitely queer, and trying to navigate
and change the institution that is the Kammerspiele. We work to build new apparatuses/
octopuses inside the theatre, through, among other things, the event WUSS 3000.
WUSS 3000 is an evening of moments of fight, tenderness, karaoke and performances
in which the KammerQueers invite queer performers from Munich and beyond, and try to
create a safe space inside the white and straight institution of the Kammerspiele.
New apparatuses mean rethinking the conditions of our relationships, fighting racism
and cissexism everywhere, taking care of each other, worshipping the toilets, being
proud losers, angry dykes*, stupid cunts*, crazy trans*, frustrated fisters, loving the nonbinary,
creating escape rooms and time machines, subverting spaces and stories.
Theatre needs other artists, other structures. We want queer, black, migrant, and POC
artists on our stages! We want Utopia! We want everyone to stop brushing their teeth!
Let’s remove that ESSEWCWCGB taste that has been in our mouths for too long,
making our beautiful, disgusting and ridiculous queer clothes, bodies and stories
INVISIBLE AND HURT.