Soya the cow - Dear Human Animals

Daniel Hellmann


Soya the cow, Daniel Hellmann's activist project, takes the stage!


Concept, performance Daniel Hellmann

Music Philipp Constantin

Make-up Valérie Reding, Sandrine Thomas & Tom Wennerstrand

Video  Oil Production, Raph North

Photographies Brenda Alamilla, Quentin Barthassat, Lenja Lenhard, Ben Okamoto, Valérie Reding, Maya Rochat


Production Lisa Letnansky

Dissemination Florence Francisco - Les Productions de la Seine


Production Daniel Hellmann, 3art3company

Coproduction  Gessnerallee Zürich, Schlachthaus Theater Bern

With the support of Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung


How do we bear something that is unbearable? How do we change something that we cannot change all by ourselves? And how do we become something that we are not?


Soya the Cow attempts the impossible. As a species-fluid, vegan drag cow she  stands for love, freedom and climate justice for all living beings. With strong arguments and moving songs she challenges the self-image of humankind as the centre of the universe, to which all non-human beings are subordinated. Deeply rooted in the fundamental discomfort of a single individual, Soya transcends human limitations. She is pop star and healer, activist and clown, present and future.


Daniel Hellmann's new solo performance is carried by the power and ridiculousness of his cow-shaped desire to change the world. Dear Human Animals uses the theatre space for the experience and reflection of transformative action.


On 30 January 2024 (light version)

Kleintheater Luzern (CH)

On 24th September 2023 (light version)

Centre Culturel Suisse. On tour, with the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris, in partnership with the Festival Jerk Off (FR)

On 15th & 16th February 2023  (light version)

Festival Antigel at the Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Geneva (CH)

From 23rd to 25th september 2021 

Schlachthaus Theater Bern (CH)  

From 24th to 29th november 2020

Gessnerallee (DE) 




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