Origin and identity

Saturday, October 29, 2022, experimenta

Origin and identity

"Who am I, anyway? And why at all?

On October 29, the show "Who am I anyway? And why at all?" will premiere in experimenta's Science Dome. In the interactive format, Clarissa Corrêa da Silva and Simone Müller explore together with the audience the questions of what makes people tick and what shapes them.

Currently, around 40 percent of students in Germany have a migration background. What impact does this have on society? What factors actually shape people in their development? TV presenter Clarissa Corrêa da Silva and actress Simone Müller will get to the bottom of these and other exciting questions about origin and identity at experimenta on October 29. Their interactive knowledge show "Who am I anyway? And why at all?" runs at 12:00 and 15:00 in the Science Dome and is aimed at children and young people aged 10 and over.

Search for identity with a surprising outcome
At eye level, da Silva and Müller take their audience on a journey: It begins with demarcation and exclusion in everyday life and ends after about an hour with raising awareness for tolerance, diversity and self-determination. The two performers themselves have a migration background and at the beginning report on their personal experiences in the search for identity in an alternation of humorous scenes and scientific explanations. It quickly becomes clear that although all people have 99.9 percent identical genetic makeup, many of them have to live with prejudices, role stereotypes and discrimination. Together with the young viewers, the effects of this are worked out in the show.

Clarissa Corrêa da Silva and Simone Müller then explain in science slam style how the scientific disciplines of microbiology and epigenetics are helping to rethink traditional ideas of origin and identity. For example, while there is a genetic imprint from ancestors, each person fundamentally has the ability to develop their own values and behaviors. A realization that also plays an important role in the last part of the show: The two actresses enter into an exchange with the audience and evaluate certain scenarios by voting together with everyone.

Premiere on October 29 with two performances

On Saturday, October 29, the knowledge show "Who am I anyway? And why at all?" at experimenta. On this day, the play will celebrate its premiere before going on tour as a guest performance. The performances in the Science Dome, which are suitable for children and young people aged 10 and over, begin at 12:00 and 15:00. Admission costs 6.00 euros for adults and 4.00 euros for children and young people up to the age of 18. Tickets are now available online at experimenta's ticket store.


The knowledge show "Who am I anyway? And why at all?" was created in cooperation with the renowned festival "Enjoy Jazz. Festival for Jazz and More". It is sponsored by the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg Foundation (LBBW) and the Gewinnsparverein of BB Bank Karlsruhe.




At a glance

Start: Saturday, 29 October 2022, 12:00

Admission: 12:00

Location: experimenta, Experimenta-Platz, Heilbronn, 74072, Germany


Tickets: 6,00 €

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Clarissa Corrêa da Silva, TV journalist and author, hosts several award-winning TV and online formats for children, including "Die Sendung mit der Maus" (WDR), "Wissen macht Ah!" (WDR), "Triff ..." and "Die beste Klasse Deutschlands" (both KiKa) as well as the reportage series "3 Blocks" (MDR). For her work she received, among others, the children's media award "Der weiße Elefant". She has also won several awards at the "Goldener Spatz," the largest festival for German-language children's media.


Simone Müller, actress and author, is known from TV appearances in series such as "Tatort" (MDR) and "How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)" (Netflix) as well as from episode lead roles in innovative formats such as "Triff ..." (KiKa) and "Findher" (YouTube). She is an ensemble member of the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken. In addition, she is active in special education at schools and works artistically on the topics of intersectionality and gender justice.



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