© Rimini Protokoll 2017
HOME VISIT EUROPE | RIMINI PROTOKOLL (HAUG/KAEGI/WETZEL)
The Documentary about the performance HOME VISIT EUROPE by Rimini Protokoll (Haug/Kaegi/Wetzel) features four home visits in four different citys. Brussels, Lisbon, Prague and Copenhagen. The documentary accompanies the small group of guests gathering together at private homes throughout Europe, experiencing cultural exchanges with strangers in improvised situations. Set around a living room table, audiences play a game in a conversational atmosphere where they talk about the ever-changing ideas of what defines a country—focusing on issues that include cultural identity, values, and borders.
During the performance, the artists juxtapose the rather abstract and often hyperbolized idea of national identity in Europe. What starts out feeling like a political gathering soon takes a turn: challenges arise, and together, decisions are made. Personal anecdotes and the European current political climate become intertwined.
Hausbesuch Europa (Home Visit Europe) is a performance you can put in your hand luggage - big ideas are rarely presented so intimately. What is Europe actually? Is it a geographic border, a cultural identity, a coalition of states? It is said over and over that Europe is an ever changing idea - too theoretical, as the individual can tell from their own experience. Rimini Protokoll contrasts this abstract idea of Europe with the individuality of a private apartment. 15 people become part of a performance in a living room that interweaves personal stories and the political mechanisms of Europe. How much Europe is in us all?
Voting results and group pictures from all of the home visits are anonymously collected at homevisiteurope.org. The results can then be compared online as part of an ever growing European archive.
Concept / Script / Direction: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Dramaturgy: Katja Hagedorn
Interaction Design: Grit Schuster, Hans Leser, Mirko Dietrich
Assistance Interaction Design: Philipp Arnold
Setting: Belle Santos, Lena Mody
Assistance Setting: Ran Chai Bar-zvi
Production Management: Juliane Männel
Assistant Production Management: Anna Florin
Technical Direction: Sven Nichterlein
Website Design: Tawan Arun + Ralph Gowers (Programming)
Website Editorial: Anton Rose, Cornelius Puschke
Masters of Ceremony Berlin: Anton Rose, Cornelius Puschke, Dmitriy
Povernov, Sascha Wölck, Sebastian Klauke
Documentary by Lilli Kuschel, Mikko Gaestel and Stefan Schmied (Expander Film Berlin)
Home Visit Europe is production of Rimini Apparat.
In coproduction with Archa Theatre Prague (CZ). BIT Teatergarasjen/Bergen International Festival (NO). Frascati Teater Amsterdam (NL). HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (D). Kaaitheater Brussels (BE). LIFT London (GB). Malta Festival Poznan (PL). Mungo Park (DK). Sort/Hvid (DK). Teater Nordkraft (DK). Théâtre de la Commune Aubervilliers (FR). Théâtre Garonne (FR). Teatro Maria Matos (PT). A House on Fire commission / coproduction with the support of the Cultural Program of the European Union. The project is supported by Capital Culture Fund Berlin.