For statistical purposes, people are regularly converted into pie wedges, bars and curves – which are then used to make political arguments or to create economic cost-benefit strategies. What if these statistics were given faces? What if Montréal’s population was represented on stage by 100 persons?
In a world bombarded with ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ this cross-section of the society could tell the truth of modern Montréal’s life in a way graphs or pie-charts never could. Spreading throughout the city over three months ago, 100% Montréal began with the casting of one member who had to recruit another in 24 hours, who then recruited another and so on – all according to specific criteria of age, gender, household type, geography and ethnicity mirroring the demographic make-up Canada's second larges city.
100% Montréal - a gathering that is a city, a group just beginning to experience itself, a choir that has never practiced, an impossible entity with many faces – assembled into ever-changing new group pictures: group pictures as replacement for family – as fleeting portraits of belonging. Who is missing? Who thinks they might give answers on stage that are different from the ones they’d give in response to a telephone survey or in the voting booth? And what have the statistics failed to record? Who lives in a completely different Montréal? Who thinks that this city is different because they are a part of it?
Concept Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel)
Direction: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi
Sound design: Frank Böhle
Stage design: Mascha Mazur, Marc Jungreithmeier
Technical director/ Lighting and projection design: Andreas Mihan