Premiere November 07, 2019
November 08 | 09, 2019
In a cinematic performance Costa Compagnie explores the outsourcing of dementia care from Europe and North America to the Global South to Northern Thailand. The atmospherically dense images are now inhabited on stage by three performers from Thailand, England and Germany, who are weaving the conversation threads of the interviewees into a multi-layered essayistic narrative that captures the perspectives of caregivers and caretakers, management and relatives. In the dim light of the tropical, humid mountain forest and in the shadowless light of the hospital rooms, unfolds a story of caring, of daily new beginnings and of what remains when forgetting wins the upper hand.
The work of Berlin and Hamburg based Costa Compagnie combines documentary, performative, cinematic and choreographic methods with an essayistic, multi- perspective narrative. The focus of several works has been global war- and conflict zones, processes of transformation and the human within, among others with research and filming in South Sudan, Afghanistan, Israel, Libanon, Fukushima/Japan, Norway and Iraq.
Running time: 2 hours.
In German, English and Thai with German and English surtitles.
Performance, text Irene Laochaisri, David Pallant, Anna Rot Artistic direction, research, text Felix Meyer-Christian Scientific collaboration, research, text Caleb Johnston, Geraldine Pratt Dramaturgy Zahava Rodrigo Cinematography Philine von Düszeln Set and costume design Anne Horny Assistance set design Teresa Häußler Composition, sound art Marcus Thomas Video editing Stéphanie Morin Video mapping Erik Kundt Color grading, VR editing Eric Birnbaum Translation Thailand Konkanok Phohom Assistant director Charlotte Sagert Production management Franziska Merlo
A co-production of Costa Compagnie with University of British Columbia (Department of Geography) and Newcastle University. In cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Supported by the General Project Funding of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, UK Economic and Social Research Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.