FETT. About the visibility and representation of fat bodies on stage and screen

Why are there so few fat actresses and actors? And what does it mean for them to be cast, which roles are offered, how can clichés and prejudices be broken? What does it mean for directors to show different bodies, to develop characters? What are good experiences? In the podcast discussions, Katharina Bill asks theater and filmmakers about their experiences and visions. Your conversation partners are Andrea Schneider, Antigone Akgün, Julia Graefner, Thomas Lichtenstein, Doris Uhlich.

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with: Katharina Bill

concept and procucion: werkgruppe2 und Katharina Bill

sound: Studio Schieffer

Launch: 07. Januar 2022

Funded in the project LEIBER vom Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, MWK Niedersachsen and Stiftung Niedersachsen.

#5: Doris Uhlich, how will we dance?

In the last episode, Katharina Bill talks with choreographer Doris Uhlich about the nonconformist body in motion. When do viewing habits change in the audience? How do movement patterns change? A conversation about fear of contact and courage, about norms and new freedoms.

#4: Thomas Lichtenstein, where is room for the fat body?

In this episode, Katharina Bill talks to actor Thomas Lichtenstein (Oldenburg State Theater) about the fat male body. About socialization and training, about stage sets as barriers and the desire for a different body. Is the theater really a space for others, for fat bodies?

#3: Julia Gräfner, what’s surprising?

In the new episode, Katharina Bill talks to actress Julia Gräfner (from the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele) about what an actress with a fat body can and may do on stage. They talk about freedoms and surprise effects, about favorite roles and dream roles, about good and bad feedback and the possibility of simply leaving the body behind.

#2: Antigone Akgün, what bodies do we want to see?

In this episode, Katharina Bill talks with playwright, performer and author Antigone Akgün about normative bodies. What is “the role subject” of the fat actress?
Do we need new plays for fat performers and actresses to find exciting roles? What does diversity mean in terms of different bodies?

#1: Andrea Schneider, what means #allekoerperimblick?

In the first episode, Katharina Bill talks to Andrea Schneider, who is film and television actress and co-founded of the initiative #allekoerperimblick, about the reasons and goals of the initiative. In addition, it is about unheard dress sizes and difficult costume samples and again and again the question: why are so few fat actresses cast? Where does change have to start?