November 2019

Between Worlds
Global Tales of Outsourcing Dementia Care

Ballhaus Ost Berlin

& Northern Stage Newcastle (UK)

A cooperation of Costa Compagnie together with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (CAN) and Newcastle University (UK)

BETWEEN WORLDS explores the outsourcing of dementia care from Germany, Switzerland, North America and the United Kingdom to Thailand. This new work, sitting at the crossroads of performance, journalism, and social science, brings together a unique network and collaboration between Costa Compagnie and social scientists from the University of British Columbia and Newcastle University. It will be presented at the Ballhaus Ost and Northern Stage Newcastle. Interviews with real-life protagonists, filmed also with a 360°camera, are presented in an intermedial, performative and immersive setting in Berlin and Newcastle. The performances will be accompanied by a symposium, plus a virtual reality installation. Have European societies redefined or lost the concept of family as a place of care? Does ‘offshoring’ dementia care to the Global South promote a revival of colonial mechanisms? And how do Thai nurses perceive their patients? And are the well-groomed patients moving into a dystopian or paradisical state when forgetting prevails in the unknown context?

Premiere and shows at Ballhaus Ost Berlin: 07 – 09 November 2019

Shows at Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): 13 – 15 November 2019


Artistic Director, Research, Script Felix Meyer-Christian  Scientific Collaboration, Research, Script Caleb Johnston, Geraldine Pratt Camera Philine von Dueszeln Stage, Costume Anne Horny Composition, Soundart Marcus Thomas Videomapping Erik Kundt Video Editor Stéphanie Morin Dramaturgy Zahava Rodrigo Performance, Text Irene Laochaisri, David Pallant, NN Translation Thailand Konkanok Phohom Production Management Franziska Merlo

Credit Photos: Philine von Düszeln

Funded by the general project fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation


Additionally funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) and Newcastle University and the UK Economic & Social Research Council

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