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Last Night a DJ Took My Life - Schauspielhaus Zürich

Last Night a DJ Took My Life

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By Joana Tischkau
Staging and choreography: Joana Tischkau

Her voice shaped the hooks of an entire generation. Lori Glori became a Eurodance legend in the 90s. Joana Tischkau now brings the Californian-born singer's life story to the stage in the form of a musical. From her first appearances with the gospel band the HAM Sisters, to her performance with Bill Summers & Summers Heat on the US programme Soul Train, to her time as a background and lead singer in various Eurodance productions in Germany. It was there that an event took place that would determine the rest of her life.This collaboration and its consequences tell the story of a personal destiny and a tragic chapter in the European music industry. How do you make your voice heard when someone else has more power, when your own voice wasn't loud enough? Is there a path to justice?

Joana Tischkau's work deconstructs cultural appropriation, questions of authorship and authenticity. She exposes the moments when a supposedly authentic origin can no longer be clearly defined and examines the European understanding of Blackness and Black culture. At the Schauspielhaus Zürich, the director and choreographer, together with the ensemble and Lori Glori herself, are staging Lori's story as a fantastical musical memoir.


Staging, Choreography
Joana Tischkau
Stage design
Carlo Siegfried
Costume design
Nadine Bakota
Sound Design & Composition
Frieder Blume
Songwriting & Script
Fatima Moumouni / Fehler Kuti / Joana Tischkau / Ensemble
Markus Keusch
Outside Eye
Elisabeth Hampe
Laura Paetau
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Audience Development
Laura Rivas Kaufmann
Touring & International Relations
Sonja Hildebrandt
Artistic Mediation T&S
Manuela Runge
Production Assistance
Sarah-Maria Hemmerling
Stage design assistance
Lioba Bangert
Costume design Assistance
Jana Zürcher
Intern Audience Development
Selma Jamal Aldin
Production intern
Anne-Kathrin Hartmann
costume design intern
Claudia Lou Roth
Dramaturgy intern
Aina Aliotta
Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski
János Stefan Buchwardt
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  • 1h50, no break
  • Premiere: 10. April 2024, Schiffbau-Box
  • Also interesting for ages 14 and up
  • German and English with Surtitles
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 12.4., 19.4., 26.4., 29.4. and 13.5.

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