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QUEENS - 21:15 - Summerhall

Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I return as undead, washed-up drag queens when a powerful force opens the gates to the present. Together with Penthesilea and Valkyrie, they have lived in limbo for centuries, ruling over various sub- and parallel worlds. As they grapple with their shared history and enduring patriarchal power structures, the idea of a joint rule emerges. Moving between opera, drag and drama, Anne Welenc directorial debut QUEENS plays with historical and pop cultural legacies in a bold and provocative exploration of gender, power and identity. For “fans of dramatic queens, drag and absurd-comic musical theatre.”

Anne Welenc

Anne Welenc celebrates her debut as a writer and director with "QUEENS". Previously, she was involved as an actress in transdisciplinary performance projects such as "All in" and "Traumgirl". Now she continues this practice, expanding classical theater material with impulses from related performing arts. "QUEENS" moves between opera, drag and drama and is based on critical feminist research into the queens Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I and their portrayal in German drama. It plays with their literary, historical and pop cultural heritage to allow new readings on the relationship between gender and power.

  • current productions

    current productions

    year of production: 2022/23
    directed by: Anne Welenc
    Length: 65 minutes Original, 60 minutes Showcase
    Topic: Musical Theatre, Drag, Opera, Weimar Classicism, Performance


    Dear Human Animals
    year of production: 2021
    Collaboration: Daniel Hellmann
    final direction by: Anne Welenc
    Length: 100 minutes Original, 60 minutes Showcase
    Topic: Musical Theatre, Drag, Activism, Veganism


    Coming Soon:

    year of production: 2024
    directed by: Anne Welenc
    Length: 60 minutes
    Topic: Dance Theatre, Architecture, Gargoyles, Feminism, Bad Girls

    Queere Tiere (AT)
    year of production: 2024
    Collaboration: Daniel Hellmann
    final direction by: Anne Welenc
    Length: 60 minutes
    Topic: Musical theatre, opera, drag, activism, queerness, veganism

  • contact


    Tom Oliver Jacobson (Producer)

    Anne Welenc (Director)

  • Supported by

    Supported by

    QUEENS in collaboration with Ballhaus Ost

    Supported by:
    Fonds Darstellende Künste mit Mitteln des Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR
    Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur
    DIS-TANZEN (Dachverbandes Tanz Deutschland) im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR


    Dear Human Animals, a prodiction by 3Art3 in co-production with Gessnerallee Zürich and Schlachthaus Theater Bern

    Supported by:
    Stadt Zürich Kultur
    Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich
    Pro Helvetia
    Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art
    Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung
    Burgergemeinde Bern