FIGHT (FOR) INDEPENDENCE
Independence for All (worldpremiere)
State Theater Nuremberg
Ballhaus Ost Berlin (Guest Performance)
Premiere Nuremberg on Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 7 pm
Further Shows on SAT – MON 22-24 June 2018
Premiere Berlin on Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 8 pm
Further Shows on FRI – SAT 28-29 June 2018
Independence! Self-determination! What is known as confirmed international law, reminds one of liberation and historical progress. Yet is often associated with exclusion and xenophobia, with populism, re-nationalization and sometimes armed conflict. What does independence mean today, for what and by whom? Do we long to fight for or against it? How does post-/colonialism, the cause of many independence movements, continue today? Is independence even possible in a globalized world?
The project “Fight (For) Independence” not only extends over two years, but also geographically over thousands of kilometers, in order to diversify perspectives and de-colonize narratives. For this, Costa Compagnie from Berlin joins forces with the State Theater Nuremberg and the State Theater Oldenburg and departs into two European and two African countries to follow the tantalizing but also dubious call for “Independence”. The worldwide search path begins in Nuremberg and Franconia. Here, some people claim for “national liberated zones” or declare themselves as citizens of the Reich and independent of the Federal Republic. At the hour of Brexit, the artists will travel to the UK and from there to South Sudan, the youngest state in the world after a long struggle for independence and formerly a part of the former British colony of Sudan. On the basis of concrete experiences and stories of people who the artists will meet personally, a cross-disciplinary and multimedia work emerges. In addition, the research can also be experienced in virtual reality via a website with 360°-film.
In the 2019/20 season, the research will then continue from Mozambique’s struggle for independence through Catalonia’s attempts for separation to German identitarian groups around Oldenburg. Here, the project will present the second production “Independence for You” (May 2020) at the local State Theater, as well as the choreographic work “Independence in Space” (January 2020) in the Edith-Russ-House for Media Art. All results will be shown in Nuremberg, Oldenburg and Berlin and will go on tour in 2020.
In German and English
TEAM @ Independence for All
Artistic Director, Script, Research Felix Meyer-Christian Camera Thomas Oswald, Philine von Düszeln Stage Design, Costume Lydia Sonderegger Composition, Soundart Marcus Thomas Programming, Video Erik Kundt Dramaturgy Sascha Koelzow Performance Hauke Heumann, Lisa Mies, Raphael Rubino, Maria Walser Assistant Michael Königstein Stringer, Collaboration South Sudan Samir Bol, Ismail Omar
A production by Costa Compagnie in cooperation with the State Theater Nuremberg and the State Theater Oldenburg, as well as the Edith-Russ-House for Media Art.
Funded in the Fonds Doppelpass by the Federal Foundation of Culture.