November 2019

Global Tales of Outsourcing Dementia Care

Ballhaus Ost, Berlin

& Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK)

Eine Kooperation der Costa Compagnie mit der University of British Columbia, Vancouver (CAN) und der Newcastle University (UK)

In their cinematic performance, Costa Compagnie explores the outsourcing of dementia care from Germany, Switzerland, North America and the United Kingdom to Northern Thailand.

For this purpose, the artists together with scientists from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Newcastle University spent three weeks researching within care facilities in Chiang Mai.

Three performers from Thailand, England and Germany now move through atmospherically dense film footage and weave the threads of the research into a multi-layered essayistic stage narrative that captures the perspectives of care-takers and care-givers, management and relatives. In the dim light of the tropical and humid mountain forest and in the shadowless light of the hospital rooms, stories of caring and loss unfold, of daily new beginnings and of what remains when forgetfulness gains the upper hand.

Premiere and Shows at Ballhaus Ost Berlin

Thursday, 07 and Friday, 08 November 2019 at 8pm

Saturday, 09 November at 5pm

Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin, 030 44 049 250, info@ballhausost.de, (U) Eberswalderstr.

or reservations under030 440 391 68 (mailbox) or karten@ballhausost.de

Virtual-Reality Installation

Before and after the performances, a VR-installation enables an immersive visit to the Thai research sites.


On Saturday, the 09.11.2019 at 2.30 pm before the performance a discussion will take place with the social scientists involved in the research Prof. Geraldine Pratt and Dr. Caleb Johnston, as well as with experts from local care facilities.

Public Talks

Audience Talk-Backs with the audience will take place after the performances on Friday and Saturday.

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


Performance, Text Irene Laochaisri, David Pallant, Anna Rot  Camera Philine von Dueszeln Stage, Costume Anne Horny Composition, Soundart Marcus Thomas Video Editor Stéphanie Morin VR-Video, Colorcorrection Eric Birnbaum Videomapping Erik Kundt Dramaturgy, Text Zahava Rodrigo Artistic Director, Research, Text Felix Meyer-Christian  Scientific Collaboration, Research, Text Caleb Johnston, Geraldine Pratt Translation Thailand Konkanok Phohom Production Assistant Lotte Sagert Stage/Costume Assistant Teresa Haeussler Production Management Franziska Merlo

Credit Photos: Philine von Düszeln

Funded by the general project fund of the German 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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