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#MeToo in the case of Film and stage – also a need for action in Switzerland

It was a bright day in the now ending year, and the young actress (Name of the editorial team was known), made for a movie casting was good things. Finally, they had managed to get since his secondary school certificate and acting training already have some of stage and film performances. So you thought nothing of, as the staff of the Director adopted at the beginning of the casting, and she found herself in a single interview.

as the Director asked, "show more", held the first necessary in connection with the advertised role. However, the Casting continued, and the young woman felt increasingly harassed, insecure, helpless verbal and tactile things exposed, which seemed to her inappropriate. "I was somehow very small and timid," she says. Finally, she managed to escape from the Situation. A few days later received the role offer she refused.

Without help it is hard to

Because now the legal process is followed, there are no Details published. One, however, the actress emphasizes in the interview: The Swiss stage artists Association (SBKV), in which she is a member, have helped her to process everything, and you also support legal. Additional psychological support is sought in the Compartment.

The SBKV recorded messages to Attacks since 2018; a great survey is planned for 2020. And about a month ago, it has spread in the industry a specially developed "code of conduct", in order to raise awareness for the topic.

The perpetrators are over 90 percent men, often managers, Directors.

This does not. Because, according to Salva Leutenegger, Executive Director of SBKV: "Unfortunately, there are also two years after the start of the #MeToo-movement of men in positions of power in the field of culture, the my to all take out. In 2019 our organisation has registered for the German-Swiss scene, so far, about a half-dozen cases; the dark figure is likely to be considerably higher."

The structures in Theater, dance and film productions required the close interaction with each other and at the same time, the steep power gradient cemented – are particularly vulnerable to abuse. Most young actors are affected by sex, isolated abuse of power, says Leutenegger.

the perpetrators are over 90 percent men; often supervisors or Directors. "The inexperience of the young women is exploited by appeals to their professionalism. The offender exceed be aware of the professional boundaries and put the artist under pressure."

Best practice for tricky scenes

In the collective agreement for artistic solo staff – applies only to Theater , belonging to the Swiss stage dressing – there are indeed clauses for the protection of the artist. Section 19 is called the "duty of care of the stage line," of course, in particular with a view to the appearance in the Public. And § 16 defines the "right of appeal" to the artists, if a doubt arise as to whether certain actions are genuinely part of the specification.

A keyword are in the Nude and sex scenes. "Intimate scenes are known at an early stage and will be discussed with the artists in advance, in Detail," says Leutenegger. So at least it should be. And during the rehearsals or shooting on Set, several people were in attendance, what is acting protective.

"Kasimir and Karoline", in January at the Zurich Schiffbau, shows furious intimate theatre. It brauchts trust.

In other countries, professional intimacy coach now, which accompany similar to fencing – coach-the actor. But "the little Switzerland of such professionalization is unfortunately rather unrealistic," says Leutenegger.

the More important is the awareness and a flair for delicate suggestion were: "the perpetrators try to isolate the victims, a couple in a meeting, via a second Casting with the Director, or on tours." In the "code of conduct" of the SBKV Grip be described in detail and "guidelines for unacceptable behaviour, bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace" formulated.


The 10-page brochure is ambiguous remarks counts of harassment such as: "lewd,; unwanted touching, intentionally Touching in a good way; seemingly accidental Touch; Gazing, meaningful glances; unwanted invitations with definite intention; suggestive sexual Gestures, sexist remarks and jokes about sexual characteristics, sexual behaviour and the sexual orientation of colleagues; disparaging remarks about body, clothing, sexual activities or the kind of a man; to Show, to hang up, Hang up or Send (including electronic) of pornographic or sexist Material; overtures, accompanied with a promise of advantage or Threat of disadvantage."

As the Affected person should seek, if possible, First of all, the conversation with the offender; otherwise with the supervisor, colleagues or the SBKV. The Association is encouraged to address any unacceptable behavior. And he is confident that the Peer-to-Peer support is helping to "create a work culture in which inappropriate sexual behavior or inappropriate language is unacceptable and either the same or in a procedure can be treated." The SBKV calls on employers to give workers a place to the persons Affected can turn to.

"Who outs himself, gets no more Jobs."Salva Leutenegger, the Swiss stage artists Union

it would Also be helpful to have a quota for women, especially for management jobs in the cultural institutions, says Leutenegger. Without a quota to do, despite declarations of intent to a little. The code alone – which was by no means carved in stone – not enough, clearly. But he open my eyes to the problem, have a preventive effect.

"Still, those women speak, especially in public, can afford, like the actress Esther Gemsch, or the singer Mona Somm," says Leutenegger. "The industry here is so small: Who has yet to gain foot, to remain silent. After all, who comes out, gets no more Jobs." After all,: Each #MeToo-disclosure contributing to the protection of the other.

the young actress was able to arrange through various open discussions of what happened, and looks forward to her professional future with courage. "Now I know what is OK and what is not," she says. Bang do not apply.

The theatre researcher Thomas Schmidt has abuse of frightening data to the power of the stage are collected, and also calls to us: "The Director model must go!" – Read the Interview.

Thomas Schmidt's study results are a shock to the scene.

Created: 24.11.2019, 16:56 PM

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