Landscapes and Bodies
International festival of performing arts Performa Borealis
Landscapes and Bodies by German director Daniel Kötter is an immersive performance parcours that is dedicated to the political, social, and ecological consequences of underground and open-cast mining.The five-part performance series Landscapes and Bodies was developed by Kötter/Israel/Limberg in collaboration with musicians, performers, theoreticians and local mining workers from Indonesia, DR Congo, Estonia, Leipzig and the Ruhr Region in Germany. The respective works explore the local and global influences of the extraction of raw material on landscapes, living environments and the living together. Each work is understood as a case study. In Tartu, 3 parts of the series Water and Coltan and Oil Shale will be presented.
Coltan (Landscapes and Bodies #4) explores artisanal coltan mining in Eastern DR Congo to investigate permanent risks for the region and its inhabitants. It explores the world of work beneath the earth's surface and asks about its consequences for the cohabitation above the mines. Coltan deals with other conditions of survival: the political and social structure of small-scale mining in the east of DR Congo. More than a million "creuseurs" perforate the landscape in the small mines in strenuous manual labor in order to extract the raw material coltan, which is central to electronics production.
The stage design allows the audience members to walk through an architecture, which is built up of twelve individual room elements.
The audience enters the set structure in groups of five persons with a time delay of ten minutes. Each of the rooms have a performative duration of about ten minutes.
In six of the rooms (three for each case study) 360° films are shown on VR-glasses, in the others live performances or audio plays take place. The six performance rooms are individually equipped, depending on what is needed by the respective performance and the performer. The rooms are made of wood, and each has the dimensions of a standard 20-foot container. Their tunnel-like sequence implies associations of mining tunnels as well as apartment units.
Oil shale (Landscapes and Bodies #5) examines the oil shale mining industry in Eastern Virumaa, Estonia. The performance/ documentary/live concert by the industrial rock band KEETAI on stage, incorporates into the show interviews with the inhabitants of the Eastern Virumaa mining region representing different generations, walks of life and occupations. The audience can read the interviews while visiting the installation. With the ticket bought for the show the audience can listen to the concert by KEETAI on 10 September at 9.30 pm (Estonian National Museum).
Concept and artistic direction: Daniel Kötter, Sarah Israel, Elisa Limberg
360° film: Daniel Kötter
Stage: Elisa Limberg
Dramaturgy: Sarah Israel
Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk
Production: ehrliche arbeit — freies Kulturbüro
Duration of the performance 108 minutes.
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