“Berlin Belongs To Us” performance. 29th and 30th June 2019. Hallesche Ufer, Berlin.

“Berlin Belongs to Us” is a performance written and directed by Steven Warwick, concerning the mythologies of Berlin, Rome and the Oedipus Complex. Set in the Südliche Friedrichstadt, an area designated as one of the original city Tors or Gates of Berlin in the 1700s, “Berlin Belongs to Us” is the debut of a new performance by Steven Warwick concerning how national identity is constructed, largely through folk legends of animal mascots. Berlin, a Slavic term for marsh was rebranded with its bear association and last popularised by the Third Reich for clear ideological reasons. Appropriating medieval texts of religious and personal journeys Warwick fictionalizes a narrative concerning a possible familial link between the Berlin Bear and the orphaned children Romulus and Remus, who are said to have founded Rome.

“Berlin Belongs to Us” takes place on the 29th and 30th June and stars Steven Warwick, Angharad Williams and Oliver Corino.

all photos by India Roper Evans hosted by the Schinkel Pavillion as part of the Disappearing Berlin series