Salvation (Glitter Doesn’t Care I’m A Boy) (Shlomi Moto Wagner/Mazy Mazeltov)
DRAG started the day I had to sing the role of Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the makeup artist showed me how I should disguise my masculine features. (No idea what he was referring to). Or rather, let’s start again, drag started that time the third director I got to work with in Germany yelled my way during a rehearsal, “Man up and don’t be afraid of girls”. – So I became one. Or drag started when cave men wore their females’ fur – or did it start when I moved to Berlin in the freezing winter cold and all I had was a fur coat (vegan). Or when I met Kiki in NYC who introduced me to Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Or the first time I started addressing myself with female pronouns (only when I was upset at myself though). I used to be afraid of drag queens.
Shlomi Moto Wagner is Mazy Mazeltov, is Wendy Williams, is Wisława Szymborska, is Fran Drescher, is Hélène Cixous and her Medusa is David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer IN ONE BODY! And much, much more.
So, what is reality here and what is fiction? In times where a part of society wants to return to the gender roles of the 1950s, or even the 1940s, it is that much more critical to celebrate festivals of the imagination. Let’s make magic. And what comes out at the end? A concert, a drag queen musical, a monologue slam, a magic show, a bar mitzvah or simply a party with the people?
Are the props ready? Powder, lipstick and glitter? All right!
Alte Münze: Festivalzentrum, Molkenmarkt 2, Mitte, 10179 Berlin
For all participants and guests of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival.
Part of the ancillary program conceived and developed by the Performing Arts Festival team.
Shlomi Moto Wagner has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world: amongst others, he has performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra IBA and the Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he recorded with the Deutschen Filmorchester Babelsberg (the German Film Orchestra in Babelsburg). He lives in Berlin and works with numerous opera ensembles and experimental theater makers. He is the founder of House of Mazeltov, a drag performance group, with which he explores the performative limits of voice, gender, tradition and identity.
Alte Münze in Mitte has been the home of Berlin’s mint since the 1930s. Here, Reichmarks were printed by the National Socialists, then East German marks, followed by Deutschmarks and euros after German Reunification and the introduction of the euro until the mint was moved to Reinickendorf in 2005.
The premises are currently managed by Spreewerkstätten. Since 2013, they have successively developed various areas in Alte Münze and made them usable. Culture makers, music producers, artists working in all genres as well as art and music festival presenters and social startups realize a wide variety of projects in Alte Münze today in the culture and creative economy sectors and program the event areas.
The future of Alte Münze is currently the topic of active debate by Berlin’s cultural policy makers. In light of this, PAF is even more excited to be able to be a guest here. It allows this much-discussed location in the middle of the city to be temporarily experienced together by audience members and artists.