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FIGHT ( FOR) INDEPENDENCE

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A Cinematic-Journalistic Research through South Sudan, the United Kingdom und Bavaria

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State Theater Nuremberg
Fonds Doppelpass by the Federal Foundation of Culture

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Premiere in June 2019 & again in June 2020
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Ballhaus Ost Berlin in June 2019 & in June 2020

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The discourse on the stage on the question of independence is as complex and meaningful as the topic. (…) Being seated amidst a largely formatted, multi-media exchange, the audience is placed right in the middle of the fast-paced dialectic. (…) The perspective is rather too sharp than too inaccurate, because the roots go all the way back to the time of British colonialism. (…) The questions about the value and sense of autonomy and national identity in times of globalization that the evening presents in its powerful imagery, are the right and most important ones, even if there is no claim to answers.”

Nürnberger Zeitung, 22.06.2019

“This evening offers an extension of  documentary theater with cinematic means: camera teams travel to countries, document reality there and conduct interviews. Actors, in turn, give the interviewees vocal, sensual and contemporary presence and comment on the situation in front of these films projected onto the back wall. Thus, a documentary film is presented that arches three-dimensionally into the stage area like a fold-out picture book. Director, researcher and author Felix Meyer-Christian manages with the ensemble to let viewers be drawn into the observed conditions and emphasizes this three-dimensionality with a clear, emblematic performance style. (…) The Nuremberg experiment, which will be continued in Berlin and at the Oldenburg State Theater, has already achieved great success here.”

Landshuter Zeitung / Straubinger Tageblatt, 22.06.2019

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OK, GOOGLE

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Art Museum Harburger Bahnhof
Hamburg

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 Five Performers and one Artificial Intelligence

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Hauptsache Frei-Festival Hamburg

Opening on 06 April 2019

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Premiere / Opening on 14 September 2018

and 15 / 22 / 23 September 2018

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With “OK, GOOGLE” by  Costa Compagnie the festival starts at the height of the time. The dance performance takes on the interaction of man and machine. (…) “OK, GOOGLE” is a good example of the enjoyable degree of professionalization that the independent theater scene has reached beyond the state theaters.

Hamburger Abendblatt, 09 April 2019

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EMPIRE OF OIL / Part 1-3

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360°-Film

Performance

Dance

Virtual Reality

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November 2017 – Mai 2018

 Ballhaus Ost Berlin

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„Empire of Oil“ is one of the most interesting independent-scene-productions of the recent past, both in its success and in its failure. 

TAGESSPIEGEL, Berlin, 26 May 2018

An aesthetically convincing contribution to the collective memory of history around the global realm of oil and its economic and ecological consequences. (…) The bilateral nature of man and nature can not be better represented.

DER FREITAG, 31 May 2018

These are impressive images that encase you with “Empire of Oil / The Underground Frontier” at the Ballhaus Ost: footage from the air over Arctic waters or between people on a street in Mosul, Iraq. In addition, long-lasting, dark sounds sound, which draw you even more into the environment. Sometimes this immersive stage action seems threatening, then again mystical, even magical.

TAZ, February 2018

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CONVERSION / AFTER AFGHANISTAN

Tour 2016-17

Ballhaus Ost Berlin – Theater am Lend Graz – IMPULSE-Festival FFT Duesseldorf –

Vassar College, NY – Goethe Institute New York –

Kampnagel Hamburg – Ballhaus Ost Berlin

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The strength of this piece is that it shows the fragmentation of the country, taking into account causes and historical development. (…) “Conversion” has become a very convincing documentary piece for the stage.

SWR 2 (Southwest German Broadcast), Mai 2015

“They (the artists) interviewed soldiers, civilians, fans of the Taliban and emancipated women, filmed their approach by airplane on dusty lines of houses, playing children in open spaces, peaceful bread baking to cheerful oriental music or momentous electro. The result is: surprising, ambivalent, hopeful and pleading.”

THEATER HEUTE, August 2016

“The Costa Compagnie does not try to explain the world to the audience. Instead they very effectively and powerfully document the kaleidoscope of an heterogeneous Afghan present on the way to an uncertain future by artistic means. A remarkable achievement. “

MANNHEIMER MORGEN, Mai 2015

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The next piece (FASCION) is about the increasing fascization of the political climate. Trump, AfD and others. Again the Costa Compagnie will research, stay close to the material and at the same time search for a new choreographic form. Because our reality is far too complex to generalize it.

BLOG – Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2017

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Berlin / Hamburg