DEAD LADIES SHOW: MAY AYIM // ANNA FISCHER-DÜCKELMANN // THEDA BARA

Tue 26.09 - 19:30 // PERFORMANCE, LECTURE // ACUD STUDIO
DEAD LADIES SHOW: MAY AYIM // ANNA FISCHER-DÜCKELMANN // THEDA BARA

The DEAD LADIES SHOW is a series of entertaining and inspiring presentations on women who achieved amazing things against all odds. Every two months, the show hosts three passionate cheerleaders of too-oft forgotten women, inviting its loyal audience into a sexy séance (of sorts) celebrating these impressive icons, their turbulent lives, and deathless legacies.
 
Our 13th event showcases three such extraordinary ladies who pushed the boundaries of their times: a poet and Afro-German activist, a pioneering doctor who took a liberal view of female sexuality, and a silent movie star who wowed crowds in a lavish 1917 version of Cleopatra, now lost for all eternity. Our presenters are the award-winning German writer DAVID WAGNER, Dublin/Berlin-based columnist ALIX BERBER, and your beloved co-host KATY DERBYSHIRE. And of course our master of ceremonies, FLORIAN DUIJSENS, will ensure the evenings entertainment runs smoothly. So put on your glad rags and raise a glass with us in the ACUD STUDIO on 26 September, 8pm.
 
Presented in a messy mixture of English and German. €5 or €3 reduced entry. Now generously supported by the Berliner Senat. Doors open 7:30 come on time to get a good seat!
 
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ABOUT
 
Launching our year of dead Berliners is MAY AYIM, who made our fine city her home in 1984. She was a founding member of the Initiative of Black People in Germany a year later, and published the groundbreaking book Showing Our Colors: Afro-German Women Speak Out soon afterwards. Ayim trained as a speech therapist and taught at university level, but shes remembered for her work on Afro-German history and her unmasking of racism and for her moving poetry which explores her own memory and identity and those of others.
 
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ANNA FISCHER-DÜCKELMANN was one of the first women to study medicine, running a clinic for women and children in Dresden for many years. She wrote books on reforming womens clothing, womens sexuality, and gynecology, plus a popular illustrated guide to medicine for women. Keeping her maiden name after marriage, Fischer-Dückelmann championed both natural remedies and womens rights. Womens equality, she wrote, is the key to a new heavenly realm of love.
 
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The silent movie actress THEDA BARA rose to become Fox Studios biggest star prior to the 1920s, often cast as a vamp. Yet she also played Shakespearean roles like Juliet and Cleopatra. In pre-code Hollywood, she was known for her skimpy costumes and early sex-symbol status. Criticized for her dark roles from gang moll to Princess Zara of the South Seas she responded: “I will continue doing vampires as long as people sin.” Although she made more than 40 silent films, very few of them have survived.
 
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DI 26.9 // 19H30 // 3-5€
ACUD STUDIO // LECTURE PERFORMANCE
DEAD LADIES SHOW:
MAY AYIM // ANNA FISCHER-DÜCKELMANN // THEDA BARA
celebrating women who achieved amazing things against all odds
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