1 of the 100 performers on stage
production by Rimini Protokoll
Premiered on 09.01.2020
Berlin, HAU Hebbel am Ufer
(specially presented at “Celebration Now – 20 years of Rimini Protokoll”)
Flashback: 01.02.2008 – before the all enclosing spread of social media, before the coining of the term “post migrant theatre” and before the loss of trust in the truth because of “fake news”. A city painted a picture of itself: of its complexity and heterogeneity, across the deep trenches which divided the individual person and the groups. Back then, Berlin seemed cheaper than other cities, a lot of the cast members had spent most of their lives in the GDR. Tempelhof airport had just recently been closed and the opening of the new airport BER seemed to be just around the corner.
12 years have since passed – time for a revision at the place of origin – for the theatrical and social adventure of a reunion and a revisualisation, a new appraisal: What if, once again, we bring 100 statistically chosen Berliners to the stage, in order to understand how the city has changed since back then?
In what way have the majorities shifted, profiles changed, perspectives been broken?
How did the statistical and demographical data of the city change? Which district shrank, where do we have more inhabitants than before, immigrated from where? Which new professions have been added, how did the economy grow in private households? Where do we find sorrow? Extrusion, privatisation, new development holdups and fear of growth, upload filter, the danger of terror, thick diesel fumes, tourist hype, a fear of the future…