Concept and Performance: Ren Mauney
Assistant dramaturg, Sound Design and Trailer Videography: Telmo Branco
Videography: Alicja Hoppel
Photography: Amanda Lacson
Premiere: Acker Stadt Palast Berlin // January 21-23, 2022
Residency Support: Initiative Luna Park, Cie. Olga Roriz, Polo Cultural das Gaivotas, #share Acker Stadt Palast.
Funded by DISTANZ Solo - Dachverband Tanz Deutschland + Goethe Institute

MATRILINEAL: Performance Project and Activism Concerning Domestic Violence 

MATRILINEAL is a dialogue between body based artist Ren Mauney (they/them) and singer/sound designer Telmo Branco (they/them) to examine domestic violence in heteronormative family lineages.

This work addresses the oppressive mentality which enables this abusive cycle to continue, as well as the hopeful revolution of emancipation. The heteronormative concept of "woman" involves a type of resilience that thrives in alienation, silence, and delusion. It is yet another example of the way the gender binary is used to oppress, in this specific case within the patriarchal institution of family.

MATRILINEAL reflects on the aftermath of domestic violence and the cycle which is exhumed in each generation, while proposing the abolition of heteronormative family values as a conduit of liberation.