Tour

07.05.2022
Artist Salon - Queer World Building
The Cloud Room, Seattle (US)

Featuring Daniel Hellmann aka Soya the Cow (Berlin/Zürich)

With guest artists Nora Smith (Switzerland/Buenos Aires) + Corinne Manning (Seattle) + Markeith Wiley (Seattle)

Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination at the door.

This sharing and conversation features visiting artist Daniel Hellmann, also known as drag artist Soya the Cow. Soya the Cow is a gender and species bending drag cow that unites queerfeminist and environmentalist ideas with performance art, drag, animal rights activism and poetry. Soya is based in Berlin/Zürich and she has appeared in discussion forums and protests and performs on the stages of theaters, nightclubs and in public spaces.
After the artists share some of their work, grab another cocktail and join Velocity’s Interim Artistic Director, Fox Whitney in a talk with the artists about desire, drag, activism and queer world building. Guest artists include Daniel Hellmann’s collaborator photo and video artist Nora Smith (Switzerland/Buenos Aires); prose writer and literary organizer Corinne Manning (Seattle); and multi-dimensional art maker and Velocity 2022 Creative Resident Markeith Wiley (Seattle).

08.05.2022
Sanctuary Visit
Rooster Haus Rescue, Fall City (US)

Soya will visit Rooster Haus Rescue, an animal sanctuary whose mission is to give neglected and abused farmed animals a safe future, free from harm. Their primary focus is to rescue, rehabilitate and give permanent sanctuary to the underdogs: roosters and animals with special needs. Rooster Haus Rescue believes in ending all animal abuse and exploitation and follows a way of life guided by vegan principles.

Rooster Haus Rescue was founded in 2016 after an illegal cockfighting ring was busted by police and roughly 600 roosters were seized. All but 20 of them were killed. One of these frightened, abused, and mutilated roosters ended up with their founder Jenny. She quickly learned how sensitive and sweet these boys can be, despite being tortured for years and having every reason to fear humans. And so began Rooster Haus Rescue…

The sanctuary, located near Fall City in Washington is now home to almost a hundred animals including roosters, hens, ducks, turkeys, peafowl, pigeons, fish, dogs, and a cat.

12.05.2022 ‒ 24.07.2022
Planet Moo
Goethe Pop Up Seattle (US)

The singing drag cow Soya presents her first exhibition after appearing at protests, in theaters and at art festivals, on her own full-length album, and on "The Voice of Germany." Planet Moo showcases photographs, video works, masks, and costumes.

The alter-ego of artist and musician Daniel Hellmann, who lives in Berlin and Zurich, Soya blurs the boundaries between male and female, human and cow, and negotiates between a serious desire to change the world and a sense of humor and lightness. She playfully questions the relationship between humans and non-humans, asking what our lives would look like if we stopped cutting others to pieces.

Planet Moo is part of a larger US tour that includes performances, exhibitions and artist talks in Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, and Kansas City. This exhibition is presented by the Goethe Pop Ups of Seattle, Houston and Kansas City with generous support from the City of Zurich, the Canton of Zurich, and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council.

Artistic Direction: Daniel Hellmann
Curation: Roland Jancic
Photographers: Violetta Canitano, Tomás Eyzaguirre, Sasa Grosser, Arne Grugel, Hendrik Haßel, Lenja Lehnard, Oliver Mörtl, Sophia Russack, Olivia Schenker, Nora Smith, Stefan Tschumi, Rianon Vran & unknown activists

13.05.2022
Nightlight: Milk Moon
Velocity Dance Center, Seattle (US)

NIGHTLIGHT: Milk Moon is a full moon ritual, performance and dance party. Local and visiting performers, musical artists and dancers collaborate to create a performance event that offers people a chance to indulge their desire to party, transmute, manifest, and dance hard.
This month’s event features Soya the Cow (aka artist Daniel Hellmann) visiting from Berlin.

Soya the Cow is a gender and species bending drag cow that unites queerfeminist and environmentalist ideas with performance art, drag, animal rights activism and poetry. She has appeared in discussion forums and protests and performs on the stages of theaters, nightclubs and in public spaces.

Joining Soya to create some NIGHTLIGHT magic is her collaborator, visiting photo and video artist Nora Smith (Switzerland/Buenos Aires). The evening also features pop up dance performances from drag house Marlotela and visiting dancer and choreographer Charles Slender-White (San Francisco); musical offerings from bands Skull Kat and The Gender Tender Experiment and a post performance dance party with DJ Dark_Wiley and the Fox Den gogo dancers!

The Milk Moon is the name of our spring NIGHTLIGHT and one of the symbolic names for May’s full moon. The Milk Moon’s name is a reference to the time of year cows were moved to their rich summer pastures, providing them with nourishment to feed their newborn calves.

NIGHTLIGHT: Milk Moon is inspired by this full moon’s story of nourishment and abundance and celebrates the way the arts nourish individuals and communities in unexpected and radical ways.

NIGHTLIGHT: Milk Moon is presented by Velocity Dance Center in partnership with Cafe Racer and Goethe Pop Up Seattle. Soya the Cow’s US tour “Planet Moo” is made possible with the support of Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Stadt Zürich Kultur & Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich.

18.05.2022
Sanctuary Visit
Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, Waelder (US)

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is the evolution of a very special story of two native Texans—one a multi-generational cattle rancher and former hunter; the other one, his wife, an ex-rodeo lover, and former leather cowboy boot collector. Their story has turned into a mission to build an organization that rescues farm animals; and to be good stewards of their care forever in a sanctuary determined to become a state of the art animal care facility, and a plant based/environmental resource education center. Rowdy Girl Sanctuary will inspire other ranchers to experience a paradigm shift, and help them move from participating in the cruelty of factory farming to living out compassion towards the animals whose lives usually end in brutal death. This is Rowdy Girl Sanctuary’s greatest goal.

Soya's cabaret performance "Dear Human Animals" at Midtown Arts & Theater Center, Houston (TX) on May 20th, 2022 is linked to a fundraiser for Rowdy Girl Sanctuary.

20.05.2022
Dear Human Animals
Midtown Arts & Theater Center, Houston (US)

After appearing at animal rights and climate protests, in theatres and art festivals, and most recently on The Voice of Germany, the singing drag cow shows up with her cabaret show, Dear Human Animals, an evening full of emotional songs, surprising storytelling and mesmerizing live visuals that will immerse you in Soya’s fascinating bovine universe. What would our lives look like if we stopped cutting others to pieces? Can we be free if not everyone is free? An intimate, moving and thought-provoking night, that challenges the human self-image as the center of the universe.

CREDITS
Concept: Daniel Hellmann
Music & performance: Soya the Cow
Live visuals: Nora Smith

With the support of Goethe Pop Up Houston, City of Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council

This performance is part of a larger US tour, which includes the exhibition „Planet Moo“ at Goethe Pop Up Houston (May 21 - June 30, 2022), 2309 University Blvd. Houston, TX 77005. All proceeds of this performance go to Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Waelder, TX, a former beef cattle ranch that had a vegan change of heart. With your donation, you allow the resident cows to live a life in safety and happiness without human exploitation. Thank you!

21.05.2022 ‒ 30.06.2022
Planet Moo
Goethe Pop Up Houston (US)

The singing drag cow Soya presents her first exhibition after appearing at protests, in theaters and at art festivals, on her own full-length album, and on "The Voice of Germany." Planet Moo showcases photographs, video works, masks, and costumes.

The alter-ego of artist and musician Daniel Hellmann, who lives in Berlin and Zurich, Soya blurs the boundaries between male and female, human and cow, and negotiates between a serious desire to change the world and a sense of humor and lightness. She playfully questions the relationship between humans and non-humans, asking what our lives would look like if we stopped cutting others to pieces.

Planet Moo is part of a larger US tour that includes performances, exhibitions and artist talks in Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, and Kansas City. This exhibition is presented by the Goethe Pop Ups of Seattle, Houston and Kansas City with generous support from the City of Zurich, the Canton of Zurich, and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council.

Artistic Direction: Daniel Hellmann
Curation: Roland Jancic
Photographers: Violetta Canitano, Tomás Eyzaguirre, Sasa Grosser, Arne Grugel, Hendrik Haßel, Lenja Lehnard, Oliver Mörtl, Sophia Russack, Olivia Schenker, Nora Smith, Stefan Tschumi, Rianon Vran & unknown activists

26.05.2022
Sanctuary Visit
Love Always Sanctuary, San Fernando (US)

Love Always Sanctuary is a Farm Animal Sanctuary located in the San Fernando Valley in California. Founded by Nickie Mingarelli, her mission is to provide a forever home for severely neglected, abused or unwanted animals. Love Always is home to more than 70 rescued farm animals ranging from pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, iguanas, turtles, cats, dogs, and rabbits.

The Sanctuary is open to the public for visiting and learning about these often misunderstood creatures. All animals live under one roof, and there is a lot of inter-species interaction, and every single resident has a wonderful life full of curiousity, and peace.

02.06.2022
Sanctuary Visit
Shy 38, Lawrence (US)

Shy 38 is a nonprofit farm animal sanctuary. Through advocacy, education and rescue, Shy 38 is changing minds and saving lives.

Their mission is to create new attitudes about industrialized farm animals by promoting cruelty-free living, providing a compassionate humane education program, and offering opportunities for interaction with the more than 140 rescued residents.

Soya the Cow will visit the sanctuary on the International Day of Milk to meet some cow sisters and other animals and spread awareness about the hidden and brutal aspects of dairy farming.

03.06.2022 ‒ 31.07.2022
Planet Moo
Goethe Pop Up Kansas City (US)

The singing drag cow Soya presents her first exhibition after appearing at protests, in theaters and at art festivals, on her own full-length album, and on "The Voice of Germany." Planet Moo showcases photographs, video works, masks, and costumes.

The alter-ego of artist and musician Daniel Hellmann, who lives in Berlin and Zurich, Soya blurs the boundaries between male and female, human and cow, and negotiates between a serious desire to change the world and a sense of humor and lightness. She playfully questions the relationship between humans and non-humans, asking what our lives would look like if we stopped cutting others to pieces.

Planet Moo is part of a larger US tour that includes performances, exhibitions and artist talks in Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, and Kansas City. This exhibition is presented by the Goethe Pop Ups of Seattle, Houston and Kansas City with generous support from the City of Zurich, the Canton of Zurich, and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council.

Artistic Direction: Daniel Hellmann
Curation: Roland Jancic
Photographers: Violetta Canitano, Tomás Eyzaguirre, Sasa Grosser, Arne Grugel, Hendrik Haßel, Lenja Lehnard, Oliver Mörtl, Sophia Russack, Olivia Schenker, Nora Smith, Stefan Tschumi, Rianon Vran & unknown activists

04.06.2022
Dear Human Animals
Black Box Theater, Kansas City (US)

After appearing at animal rights and climate protests, in theatres and art festivals, and most recently on The Voice of Germany, the singing drag cow shows up with her cabaret show, Dear Human Animals, an evening full of emotional songs, surprising storytelling and mesmerizing live visuals that will immerse you in Soya’s fascinating bovine universe. What would our lives look like if we stopped cutting others to pieces? Can we be free if not everyone is free? An intimate, moving and thought-provoking night, that challenges the human self-image as the center of the universe.

CREDITS
Concept: Daniel Hellmann
Music & performance: Soya the Cow
Live visuals: Nora Smith

With the support of Goethe Pop Up Kansas City, City of Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council