PART 3: An Infinite Ending

Ballhaus Ost, Berlin

With EMPIRE OF OIL, the Costa Compagnie in cooperation with the Ballhaus Ost starts a substantial inquiry into this most decisive resource: divided into three separate media and parts, the project circles the complex topic oil and looks into the two contrary countries of Norway and Iraq. Does the powerful resource entail the potential for a social welfare utopia like Norway or does it lead to a never-ending war like in Iraq? What are the experiences of oil producers and oil workers and the people in their local context? Between November 2017 and May 2018, the group develops three intermedial performances and a virtual reality film between documentation and abstraction, based on the 360°-video material that they filmed on-site in Stavanger, Bergen, Kristiansand, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk and Mosul.

After PART 1 – a documentary video-work in an immersive 360°-video space and PART 2 – a text and media based performance, in PART 3 two dancers will questioning the transformation process from matter to energy. In a common space with the audience, the physical confrontation poses questions about the transfer of energy from one body to another; about the gain and loss of energy; the sharing and consumption of a raw material that serves in a variety of ways for mainly one purpose: acceleration.

Premiere 24 May 2018
Further Shows 24 – 27 May 2018

From 24 – 27 May 2018 the Costa Compagnie presents on each day en bloc the complete trilogy:

EMPIRE OF OIL    PART 1-3    24. – 27. May 2018
1 – A RESEARCH IN 360° (DOC. FILM, 80min)
Starts at 6 pm / on May 27th at 4 pm
Starts at 8pm / on May 27th at 6 pm
Starts at 9:30 pm / on May 27th at 7:30 pm
VR-INSTALLATION throughout all breaks and before the shows

Tickets for single parts are also available.

Artistic Director, Research, Text, Camera, VR, Video Felix Meyer-Christian Choreography, Video, Sound Jascha Viehstädt Performance, Dance Julia B. Laperrière, Lea Martini Voice Inger Lindsjørn Nordvik, Timothy Justin Lalonde Buzuq Mevan Younes Stage,  Costume Nicole Nowak Projection Mapping, VR, Video Erik Kundt Composition, Soundart Marcus Thomas Camera Stefan Haehnel Fixer Irak Repak Dawdi, Hana Quader Video-Support René Liebert Video-Cutter Ana Catalá, Timothy Justin Lalonde, Stéphanie Morin, Miguel Murrieta Vásquez, Karo Serafin Graphic Fanny Wühr

Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and with kind support by Optoma Germany and the Goethe Institut Iraq, Liaison Office Erbil.