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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Teatro EN (new)


Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) (Germany)

Saturday October 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) (Germany)
Bodenprobe Kasachstan – Soil Sample Kazakhstan     [Italian premiere]
concept and direction Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)
with Elena Panibratowa, Gerd Baumann, Heinrich Wiebe, Helene Simkin, Nurlan Dussali
video design Chris Kondek
music Christian Garcia
set design Aljoscha Begrich
dramaturgy Aljoscha Begrich, Juliane Männel
lighting design Sven Nichterlein
assistant to the director Jessica Páez
assistance set design Justus Saretz, Maria Ebbinghaus
subtitles & translation Amanda Crain (Engl.)
video operator Bodo Gottschalk
sound operator Daniel Dorsch, Nikolas Neecke
production Rimini Apparat and HAU/Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
a co-production of Schauspiel Hanover, Wiener Festwochen, Goethe Institute Almaty, Le Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg/Scène Européenne, Territory Festival and BIT Teatergarasjen
with the support of the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs
Along with the workshop Video Walking Venice, which will end with an actual public action and that Kaegi conceived specifically for the 41st International Theatre Festival, the German artist brings to Venice his latest production, Bodenprobe Kasakhstan, which premiered in Berlin on April 29. A “performance” that concerns oil, from Kazakhstan, returning Russian-German immigrants, and concerns us as well.
Perhaps few people, explains Stefan Kaegi, are aware of the migratory flows between Russia and Germany starting under Catherine the Great, in the same century in which oil began to be extracted in Europe. Under Stalin, thousands of people of German origin were deported to Kazakhstan. In the early 1990’s, Helmut Kohl’s invitation to a million people of German background to return to Germany from Kazakhstan coincided with the discovery of one of the largest oil fields of the past twenty years in western Kazakhstan… ‘Would the oil boom there imitate the Norwegian model of sustainability or the Nigerian model of exploitation?’ wondered Kaegi.
His analysis goes on to remind us of how oil is used as fuel for 98% of world transportation and how, from hand cream to pens, almost every manufactured product contains distilled crude oil.
So Bodenprobe Kasakhstan sets out to look for oil: in March 2010 Stefan Kaegi and his group began to select people who could tell the story of oil firsthand. By putting their biographies together, they form a chain that moves up the pipelines all the way back into the subsoil of Kazakhstan… All this takes place in an evening of theatre that simulates Kazakhstan, where people sing Russian and German songs and describe the trails through the steppes, the routes of their lives, of crude oil and of power.

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