The project will show quarrels in our societies and gives possibilities for living together in future. It shows how citizens can participate in political decisions and that activity or passivity in democratically processes can produce great effects. Scenographic modules will construct the theatre: on special points the audience has to make decisions and the piece will follow this public decisions. So every evening will be a mirror of the political understanding of this special audience.
Cologne, Berlin, Strasbourg
Today the democracies in Europa are more and more collapsing. People have the feeling that changings in social life and political systems are necessary. But how our visions are looking like and how to get there? Do we need violence or discussion, revolution or continuity, democratic decisions of ruling or a powerful hand, a new leader? People feel helpless and overstrained – How to start a dialogue and how to integrate the citizen?
This artistic collaboration sensitizes to the social and political problems in France and Germany in European context. It creates a better understanding of social processes and leads to a differentiated discussion in actual political participation of European citizens. The participation of the audience during the performance will hold up a mirror, showing us possible visions of living together. It gives experiences in direct democracy and simulates different community models.
Empiric research and theoretical background: Interviews with people of different ages and social backgrounds, migrants and citizens. Theme: the biggest problems in society? How to change it and realize a utopia? Collaboration with a sociologist to define the elements of social movements and breaks.
A theatre with participation of the audience: On the base of the interviews and the theoretical analysis we create typical actors involved in big changings and we fix the settings of pre-conditions and impacts. From these theatrical situations and theatre characters we create a modular theatre piece with points of decisions. On these points the audience has to decide how the piece has to continue.
Evaluation: Discussions with the audience – scientific lectures, internet-blog, documentation.
At the centre of the project are the citizens, especially in France and Germany, but also people who feel excluded. The interest is to initiate differentiated discussions, to reach institutions for political education or people who are interested in political and social processes, teachers and students, but also people who are discontent with the situation, people who want a change.
This idea is new, even for theatre, which is dealing with forms of audience participation.
The modular character gives the audience the chance to be actively involved in the development of the piece. Every performance will be a mirror of the dynamics formed by the mixture of the people. Playfully the audience makes experiences in democratic processes and in responsibilities in activity and passivity. On the whole the setting as a scientific experiment shows the effects of each decision.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
personal fees: 41.000,- stage, costume, technic: 9.000,- travel, transport, accomodation: 6.000,- public relation, marketing, documentation: 4.500,- rental: 2.500,- office: 1.000,-
Theatres, companies or other institutions, which are interested in this project idea, are welcome to make proposals and comments. We are also open for possible collaborations. We are interested in the distribution of this discussion.