INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: MARCH 14 2019, LÖWEN CINEMA, TÜBINGEN, GERMANY
HUNGARIAN PREMIERE: NOVEMBER 26 2019, TRAFÓ HOUSE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Dysfunctional humanoid robots invite you to help them create EU 2.0. With a focus group of local citizens and live-composed digital illustration and sound, each event is spontaneous and unique. This unconventional theatrical experiment puts our democracy under the microscope: will we collectively discover a way to resuscitate the dream of Europe?
If a historian in the future would have to guess the condition of the EU based on the crisis mood of the 2010s, probably the prognosis would not be very optimistic. Is the Europe brand really a bunch of empty slogans, or the feeling of European life has gotten to a downturn? What happened to the European idea?
The Eurohumanoids of STEREO AKT strive to create EU 2.0. They organize a focus group research with the help of local citizens in order to understand an average European person’s desires, nightmares and sins.
Through their observation we might understand what should be the next move: is it cosmetic intervention, facelift, or reanimation that is needed?
The live-composed visuals and acoustics, coupled with the variety of non-professional everyday people in the focus group make this event vivid, spontaneous and fresh night by night. The audience is not only an observer but a co-creator of this unconventional research.
About the creation:
ITZ at Zimmertheater Tübingen and STEREO AKT organized an international conference along this issue, entitled “European Freak’s Con” in the beginning of February 2019. The Hungarian theatre collective STEREO AKT created a participative performance on the spot, using the experiences, questions and dilemmas raised by the conference. Since then STEREO AKT has developed the concept to create an international, adaptable version of the piece.
Performers: Luca Borsos, László Göndör, Julia Jakubowska, Imre Vass
Graphic designer, animator: Zoltán Ásmány
Music: Márk Bartha
Set design: Stephan Potengowski
Costume design: Raissa Kankelfitz
Lights: Mátyás Jankó, Stefan Pfeffer
Production assistant: Sophie Eckhardt, Ilja Mirsky, Dóra Tési, Fruzsina Czvetkó
Dramaturg: Gábor Thury
Producer: Daniel Mayer
Director: Martin Boross
Supporters: Allianz Cultural Foundation; Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg; Institut für theatrale Zukunftsforschung – Room Theater Tübingen; National Cultural Fund of Hungary; Summa Artium
Production partners: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Room Theater Tübingen