After "Crash Landing" and "Auf den Tisch!", Meg Stuart ignites a new improvisation series, in close conspiracy with Maria F. Scaroni and a group of Berlin-based artists. They will meet for a week in an ongoing gathering and host every night an event of encounters open to the public (yetagain... "a dream of apowerful infidel heteroglossia"). They enter the theater as ahistoric suite of meeting, as a container of ideas and alliances and disagreements. They are not in search for unity rather a litany of improvised moments, transgressing the personal, daring a reunion. There won’t be afinished performance, but the act of gathering and digesting each others gestures, claiming the theater as the home to experiments, a chamber toresonate unfinished rage, dissent and mutual care. Their voices are of artists and citizens, of permanent residents with temporary visa with an uncertain future. They are locals. A survey of day to day existence, eventually boiling up procedures for creating, whether it’s repulsion, hacking or wet love, how can one care and create under the city’s spell? As storytellers, they wish to create and destroy visual/auditory/kinesthetic myths around how to untangle the knot of preconceived notions in relation to gender, age, improvisation, processand Berlin as a home.
On the first night of “City Lights – a continuous gathering,“ the gong will reverberate in a wise theatre. Neuroscientist-psychologist Tania Singer and performance artist-activist Liad Hussein Kantorowicz are invited to bring dusty yet contemporary issues of compassion and hate to the table. During their presentation and performance, our guests will train our souls and hearts by touching upon the notions of compassion, economics of caring; politics of democracy, terrorism and domination from a perspective of neuroscience and queerness. Never-ending stories of violence, struggle and survival raise certain questions repetitively: What are the ways to upgrade our interaction with each other? How do we care for ‘the other‘?
Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported im Rahmen des Verbunds internationaler Produktionshäuser durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. Supported by Damaged Goods.