The ''First Oberhausen Unemployed Ballet'' is an uncompromising interleaving of art and society. Objective artistic ability is replaced with transparently communicated own criteria.
The focus of the production by choreograph Thomas Lehmen lies in interacting with people in Oberhausen and involving them in the project. The group makes personal matters and matters specific to Oberhausen the subject of discussion. People’s diversity and their pluralistic themes flow unfiltered into the production. They draft artistic alternatives and establish relationships between people; anyone can take part. The objective is to let people act as people who take action, who influence their own lives and their lives together as a community and actively shape them. For the real (life) circumstances of the ballet dancers, artistic alternatives are drafted in the creative process that become reality – at least in moments of artistic representation.
The First Oberhausen Unemployed Ballet is part of the project ''Brauchse Jobb? Wir machen Kunst!'' , which already in 2017 and 2018 successfully realised the model of paid art work in Oberhausen from an artistic and organisational aspect. The thematisation and practice of paid artwork of people in Oberhausen for people in Oberhausen is an alternative future model for the existing systems in the German Social Code. The objective is the at least equivalent recognition of artistic work as full-value work in society. Through the joint artistic debate with the population of Oberhausen Thomas Lehmen stimulates an art discourse that is, as it were, a social discourse as well.
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