Draama 2023

International festival of performing arts Performa Borealis and Drama 2022 presents Landscapes and Bodies


All visitors to the performances are also invited to an artist talk on September 10 at 17.30 at the ERM, where Daniel Kötter and Thomas Frank, international curator of Performa Borealis, will talk, moderated by theatre critic Madli Pesti.


Water & Coltan
Oil Shale
from the series: landscapes and bodies

The show is in English and German.

landscapes and bodies by German artist collective Kötter/Israel/Limberg is a serial documentary performance and media project that is dedicated to the political, social, and ecological consequences of mining on landscape and communities in Indonesia, DR Congo, Estonia and Germany.

The Tartu Festival Performa Borealis presents two parts of the series within the Draama Festival 2022: “Water & Coltan” and “Oil Shale”.

Water & Coltan is presented in a large scale performance parcours combining live performances and 360° documentary films. Visiting the parcours takes 108 minutes and can be visited by up to 5 visitors per time slot (entrance every 10 minutes).

Oil Shale consists of a large film and space installation, a book to read, and a concert by Estonian Industrial Band KEETAI.

The tickets for the time slots of Water & Coltan are also valid for the Oil Shale installation on all days and the concert by KEETAI on Saturday, September 10th at 9.30pm.

Oil Shale installation (ongoing):
September 8th and 9th: 15.00h - 23.30h
September 10th: 12.30h - 23.30h

Oil Shale concert feat. KEETAI:
September 10th at 21.30h

Water & Coltan
September 8th and 9th
starting times:
17.00h - 17.50h // entry in groups of 5 every 10 minutes
19.00h - 20.50h // entry in groups of 5 every 10 min

September 10th
starting times:
14.00h - 15.50h // entry in groups of 5 every 10 min  
17.30h - 19.20h // entry in groups of 5 every 10 min

Water & Coltan

deals with the consequences of mining on landscape and communities in West Germany and the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the 600 pumps have stopped in the former german coal mining area around Ruhr river the living environment of 15 million people has been flooded and depopulated. Only a distant perspective on these german post-human mining landscapes allows to imagine a future for our planet. Water & Coltan transports its audience directly to the places of the struggle of women in artisanal mining camps in South Kivu in DR Congo. There Colombit Tantalit (Coltan), named after the ancient Greek Tantalus story, is extracted, the resource needed for all our mobile phones, jet engines and VR glasses.

Based on a shared research of the filmmaker Daniel Kötter with the Congolese social worker Yasmine Bisimwa, lawyer Olande Byamungu and engineer Christian Muhighwa, also featuring as live performers in the piece, the immersive and performative experience makes you walk through a parcours of 12 container rooms, where the audience takes on the role of the travellers themselves, encountering german and congolese landscapes and its people. We learn how western forms of extractivism, supply chain capitalism and genocide are deeply intertwined with our every day life.

With: Christian Chokola Muhigwa, Yasmine Mugoli Bisimwa, Olande Emerance Byamungu I Film: Daniel Kötter I Set Design: Elisa Limberg I Dramaturgy: Anna PtakI Artistic production assistance: Melanie Albrecht I Sound Design: Marcin Lenarczyk I Sound Design and Technical Direction: Martin Recker and Paul Hauptmeier | Production: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture.

A production by Kötter/Israel/Limberg in Co Production with Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, PACT Zollverein Essen and KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen.Funded by the Doppelpass Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Kunststiftung NRW. With support from the International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe Institut and the Goethe-Institut Kinshasa.

Oil Shale

guides its audience to one of the locations where the future of Europe is at stake. The economic and social impact of Oil Shale mining at the border between EU and Russia, Eastern Virumaa, Estoniam, has dramatically changed several times in history in the course of political turmoil, war and the drawing of borders. The film and space installation reiterates these changes by incorporating interviews with the inhabitants of the Eastern Virumaa mining region representing different generations, walks of life and occupations, and is combined with a concert by the Russian-Estonian industrial rock band KEETAI. “This is no longer the Soviet Union, but it is still a union, isn’t it?”

Music: KEETAI I Film: Daniel Kötter I Set Design: Elisa Limberg I Dramaturgy: Anna Ptak I Sound Design Film and Technical Direction: Martin Recker and Paul Hauptmeier | Color Grading Film: wave-line GmbH Berlin | Production Estonia: Tiiu Tamm/Priit Orav | Sound Recording Estonia: Rein Fuks, Tanel Kadalipp | Translations: Anastassia Kolessova, Anna-Maria Kolessova | Production: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture.

Special thanks to Anu Printsman, Kristiina Reidolv, Inga Koppel, Madli Pesti, Aleksei Ivanov

A production by Kötter/Israel/Limberg co-produced by Kunstfest Weimar. Supportedby Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. With support from Tartu Centre for Creative Industries, Tartu City Government, Goethe Institut Estonia, British Council and Performa Borealis Festival.

Performa Borealis - International festival of performing arts 

Performa Borealis is an international festival of performing arts, which belongs to the main programme of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024.

The festival will take place at venues in Tartu as well as in urban public spaces and is organised in collaboration with the Estonian Theatre Festival DRAAMA.

Performa Borealis festival will take place over in September 2024. The pilot festival of Performa Borealis, taking place on 8, 9 and 10 September 2022 at the Estonian National Museum (ERM), will present 3 parts of a 5-part performance series Landscapes and Bodies by the German director and documentary film maker Daniel Kötter. Landscapes and Bodies, dedicated to the political, social, and ecological consequences of global underground and open-cast mining, consist of an installation, 360° VR film, a documentary and live industrial rock concert. Landscapes and Bodies serves as an example of the interdisciplinary approach of the main festival in 2024. 

Performa Borealis aims at exploring the social and political urgencies of our time and will bring to Tartu with its programme performances covering a variety of artistic disciplines both from the Baltic region and the rest of Europe. With its artistically diverse program, the festival is going to address the most burning issues of today, ranging from climate change, refugee crisis or technological transition to examining pressing community problems.

On the other hand, artistic works opening new perspectives to strengthen ties between community members, promote social inclusion, positive mental health and overall wellbeing are expected to make a worthwhile contribution to the festival programme.

The programme of the festival will span the whole spectrum of performing arts from contemporary visual performance (live art, physical and circus-theatre, movement, and object theatre) to contemporary dance and social and political theatre including documentary theatre. A special emphasis will be laid on sight specific performances celebrating cultural heritage and addressing community issues.

A sub programme of the festival Shooting Stars in the Performing Arts is organized in partnership with Estonian Music and Theatre Academy, international master of arts degree programme Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) led by professor Jüri Nael in order to nurture young international talents. Consequently, showings, workshops, seminars, new productions and international lectures will be held. 

The main organizers of the festival are Kristiina Reidolv and Inga Koppel and international curator Thomas Frank (Germany). 

Kristiina Reidolv: +372 5525258, reidolf@gmail.com
Inga Koppel: +372 5039971, inga.koppel@gmail.com

Daniel Kötter

Daniel Kötter is an international filmmaker and music theater director. His works alternate between different media and institutional contexts and combine experimental film techniques with performative and documentary elements. They have been shown worldwide at numerous film and video art festivals, in galleries, theaters and concert halls.

His major works include the music theater trilogies Falsche Arbeit, Falsche Freizeit, Freizeitspektakel (2008-10), KREDIT RECHT LIEBE (2013-16) and STADT LAND FLUSS (2017-19, all with Hannes Seidl), the multi-channel trilogy Arbeit und Freizeit (2009-2011) as well as the film, performance and discourse series “state-theatre” about the urban conditions of performativity in the cities of Lagos, Tehran, Berlin, Detroit, Beirut, Mönchengladbach (2009-2014 with Constanze Fischbeck).

His extensive film and text work KATALOG (2013) was made in 13 countries around the Mediterranean with a particular interest in practices in space.

Visual research leads him again and again to the African continent and the Middle East.

2014-18 he worked with the curator Jochen Becker (metroZones) on the research, exhibition and film project CHINAFRIKA. Under Construction.

In 2017-20 he worked on the documentary film trilogy Hashti Tehran (2017, 60 ’), Desert View (2018, 84’) and Rift Finfinnee (2020, 80 ’) about urban peripheries in Tehran, Cairo and Addis Ababa. Hashti Tehran won the special award of the German Short Film Award, Rift Finfinnee the DEFA Award at DOK Leipzig.

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