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TransInterQueerer Salon: Marian Hudek
22.01.

Discourse

Nora Eckert in conversation with Marian Hudek

What does someone’s voice reveal to us? At any rate, it betrays more than we might generally think. Our whole personality can be deciphered from our language and the way we speak. We carry our soul on the tip of our proverbial tongue. The human voice can convey every emotion and is unique, like a fingerprint. Ultimately, our voice is what makes people hear or interpret us as either a woman or a man—at least in the binary perception of the other. The gender question—closely linked to our personality—is therefore always a voice question, too.

Born in 1968 in Schwerte, Marian Hudek has lived in Berlin since 1989, where he caught up on his high school diploma and began attending drama school. After his initial experiences with the stage and screen, he discovered a specific interest in the voice, which led him to train as a breathing, speech, and voice coach. He has had his own private practice for speech therapy with a focus on voice therapy since 2004. Alongside this he also expresses himself artistically with his own voice and performs with his own song repertoire.

Born in Nuremberg in 1954, Nora Eckert has lived in Berlin since 1973 and is a journalist and trans* activist. She has worked as a journalist for various publications including Theater der Zeit, taz, and Tagesspiegel and has published books on topics relating to theatrical history—most recently Wer und was ist Hamlet? (Who and what is Hamlet?). She has been an active member of TransInterQueer e.V. since the beginning of 2019.


The TransInterQueer Salon explores trans*, inter* and other queer lifestyles in Berlin. Exchanging ideas with guests from the Berlin community creates new spaces and allows insights into lived diversity. A different person is invited to the Grüner Salon every evening who represents the visibility of trans* and queer people in our society in a unique way and is active in various professional fields. Together we discuss life experiences, desires, and the work that still needs to be done in order that TransInterQueer people are finally no longer perceived as “the other" but rather as the enrichment of society that they are.

The TransInterQueer Salon is a collaboration between TrIQ TransInterQueer e.V. and the Volksbühne Berlin. The series seeks to be more than just chats on the sunny side of the street: an expression of gender politics and a plea for social openness. Diverse lifestyles are by no means marginal—where minorities are readily placed or presumed to be—but instead exist in the midst of society. Normality means that every person is their own individual case. Long live diversity!

As a social center and nonprofit association, TrIQ TransInterQueer e.V. has been active in politics, culture and research in Berlin since 2006 and is also committed to trans*, inter*, and queer people in Berlin and beyond. It offers psychosocial and legal advice as well as training and education, a transgender radio program, spaces for further group offerings, and a library.

Past Activities

TransInterQueerer Salon: Jayrôme C. Robinet

What we write about in trans* literature. “I am a writer and it was already clear that I would at some point process my own experiences in literature,” commented Jayrôme Robinet on his autobiography, which appeared last year. Do trans* people, as misunderstood as they usually are, therefore feel a special need to clarify and explain to people what it means to be trans*? What is certain is that they have the exclusive experience of how different the world feels when presenting now as a man having formerly presented as a woman, or when presenting now as a woman having formerly presented as a man. Perhaps, as Nora Eckert, initiator of the TransInterQueeren Salon, believes, trans* people are also more sensitive when it comes to role models and the expectations attached to them. But this cannot mean that being trans* defines a person’s entire life – especially for a writer. The question is not only one of how being trans* has impacted the writer, but how it has affected language in general.

Jayrôme C. Robinet, born in 1977 in Northern France. Published two volumes of short stories in France. 2015 saw the release of his German-language debut Das Licht ist weder gerecht noch ungerecht (The Light Is Neither Just nor Unjust). The one-person play of the same name premiered in the same year at Maxim Gorki Theater. His autofictional novel Mein Weg von einer weißen Frau zu einem jungen Mann mit Migrationshintergrund (My Path from Being a White Woman to a Young Man with a Migrant Background) was published in 2019. He has lived in Germany for 20 years, has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, and is a research assistant at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he is currently writing his doctoral thesis on performance poetry in queer feminist contexts. Jayrôme Robinet lives in Berlin.

Born in Nuremberg in 1954, Nora Eckert has lived in Berlin since 1973 and is a journalist and trans* activist. She has worked as a journalist for various publications including Theater der Zeit, taz, and Tagesspiegel and has published books on topics relating to theatrical history—most recently Wer und was ist Hamlet? (Who and what is Hamlet?). She has been an active member of TransInterQueer e.V. since the beginning of 2019.

TransInterQueerer Salon: Zazie de Paris

The name Zazie de Paris is associated with half a century of life on the stage. She has played herself in many roles and thus personified trans* visibility in our society with confidence and great verve. Zazie de Paris talks to Nora Eckert at the Grüner Salon about the experiences and stories from her literally embodied life on the stage.

Zazie de Paris was born in Paris and has lived in Berlin since 1974. She trained in ballet at the Paris Opera, appeared in numerous film and theater productions, and has a long-standing collaboration with the director Peter Zadek. For many years her repertoire has also included chansons. She has featured in the crime series Tatort since 2013. She is actively involved in and dedicated to the queer community, for which she has received several awards.

Born in Nuremberg in 1954, Nora Eckert has lived in Berlin since 1973 and is a journalist and trans* activist. She has worked as a journalist for various publications including Theater der Zeit, taz, and Tagesspiegel and has published books on topics relating to theatrical history—most recently Wer und was ist Hamlet? (Who and what is Hamlet?). She has been an active member of TransInterQueer e.V. since the beginning of 2019.

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