Are the boundaries in your mind where you expect them?
Daniel is a sex worker. In the solo performance Traumboy he reports on his experiences as a male prostitute.
Between documentary and autofiction, Traumboy questions the double standards of our capitalistic and hypersexualized society. The focus on male prostitution allows to evade the customary narrative about exploitation and suffering of vulnerable women and addresses more subtle power relations.
The performer’s body turns into a projection surface for fears, fantasies and contradictions. He slips into different roles that he plays for his customers—or for the audience? With this ambiguous self-staging the spectators are challenged to scrutinize their sexual ideals and to take a close look at the sexual being that they consider themselves. Are the boundaries in your mind where you expect them?
Daniel Hellmann is an all-terrain artist living between Berlin and his hometown Zürich. He studied voice and theatre/ performance and works in many different formats and contexts, ranging from voice recitals to dance/ theatre work, and including interactive performance pieces. His work focuses on normativities of bodies, body relationships and desire and deals with questions relating to sexuality, human rights and animal rights.
Concept / Performance: Daniel Hellmann
Dramaturgy: Wilma Renfordt
Set & Costume Design: Theres Indermaur
Sound: Leo Hofmann
Light: Gioia Scanzi
Production: Daniela Lehmann
Translation: Melanie Jame Wolf
Since the premiere at Gessnerallee Zürich, “Traumboy” has been pre- sented at numerous theatres and festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and France. The work is touring in German, French and English and has been invited for “Sélection Suisse 2016” in Avignon. This performance is the US-Premiere.
Cover Photo by © Raphael Hadad