Ann Liv Young (US)

Sleeping Beauty

25% performance
25% pop
25% feminism
25% therapy
There are not many roles that Ann Liv Young hasn’t tried her hand at on stage as a performer. While it’s not always explicit, sometimes it is. Including sex with fellow performers. She also likes to involve the audience in her works, which she sets with relish somewhere between prose and provocation, pop and porn. One thing that she does try to avoid is letting the audience feel too comfortable when she goes about delving deep into gender roles and stereotypes.
That all changes in the first two parts of her new piece “Sleeping Beauty”, in which Ann Liv Young gently and playfully focuses on a figure from the world of fairy-tales, investigating why Sleeping Beauty comes across as so two-dimensional and passive in conventional stories. It’s not until parts three and four, that are premièring at steirischer herbst, that she steps up the pace, introducing into her ambivalent trashy universe Mary, a completely new persona. And a devilishly evil one to boot.
As such, she is the exact opposite of another of the performer’s incarnations – Sherry, a southerner with a broad accent and blonde perm who has somehow made it her job to make the world a bit healthier with her therapeutic methods. Sherry held surgery briefly at steirischer herbst in 2011, and this time – thanks to her worldwide, stage-busting success in the meantime – she is bringing a whole therapy truck with her. She will be touring Styria, serving her guests pink caffè lattes, offering manicures and pedicures along with individual and couple “Sherrapies”.

Sherry Truck
One Night Stands with Ann Liv Young
herbst remixed. Video impressions of the project.
Inspirations, challenges, contexts, background: a short interview with Ann Liv Young about the process of working and researching on “Sleeping Beauty”.
Ann Liv Young "Sherry's Room", steirischer herbst 2011.

Sleeping Beauty Ann Liv Young
Sleeping Beauty jr. Lovey Ailish Guerrero
Prinz Rj Supa
Waldmensch Michael A. Guerrero
Granny Bailey Nolan
Malificent Ann Liv Young
Mr. Malificent Rj Supa
Baby Malificent Lovey Ailish Guerrero
Costume Design Ann Liv Young, Lovey Ailish Guerrero & Bailey Nolan
Choreography Ann Liv Young, Rj Supa & Lovey Ailish Guerrero
Text Ann Liv Young & Dorothy Parker
Sounddesign Ann Liv Young, Michael A. Guerrero, Lovey Ailish Guerrero & Rj Supa
Stage Design Ann Liv Young
Light Design Alfred Oberlassnig & Ann Liv Young
Sound Stexx

steirischer herbst
Dramaturgy Kira Kirsch
Production Direction Dominik Jutz
Production Roland Gfrerer
Technical Direction Karl Masten & Hermann Schapek
Light Alfred Oberlassnig
Sound Stephan Taul

Next Liberty
Technical Direction Richard Kornberger
Sleeping Beauty (2) Production Black Box Teater (Oslo)

Sleeping Beauty (3–4) commissioned by steirischer herbst

Dates and Facts


Sleeping Beauty (1–2)
Wed 09/10, 19.30
18 / 12 €
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Sleeping Beauty (3–4)
Fri 11/10, 19.30
18 / 12 €
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Sleeping Beauty (1–4)
Sat 12/10, 19.30
28 / 20 €
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English language

Talk following the second performance