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Decontextualized Performers & Remote Controlled Audiences

Saturday, June 11th at 2:00pm 11 months ago
Goethe-Institut Toronto, North Tower, 2nd floor 100 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
How to transplant experts onto the stage while negotiating the grey zone between reality and fiction, using documentary material and theatrical interventions. Stefan Kaegi, one-third of the Rimini Protokoll team, will show video and comment on some recent Rimini Protokoll productions, which feature Kazakh oil-drillers, 50 remote-controlled spectators, 100 statistically chosen Berliners, Indian call centre operators and international weapons dealers.

Berlin-based Rimini Protokoll (Kaegi, Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel) produces documentary theatre and other works in public spaces through a wide range of collaborative partnerships. They have toured Europe and Asia for over three years with two Bulgarian truck drivers and a truck converted into a mobile audience space (Cargo Sofia); in Cairo, they developed Radio Muezzin, about the call to prayer in this age of technical reproduction; and Bodenprobe Kasachstan, about migration and oil in central Asia. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, they give voice to ‘experts' who are not trained actors but have stories to tell. Other recent works include 100% São Paulo with 100 local citizens on stage, and the World Climate Conference - a simulation of the UN-conference for 650 spectators in Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Currently they are performing Homevisit Europe, an interactive performance game, in hundreds of households across the globe.

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