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A F F E E
A multi media dance performance
on the "wine of Islamg, orientalism and global trade
Artistic director: post theater
Choreography / Performers: six persons, to be confirmed
Performer: Alexander SchroNder
Dramaturgy: Max Schumacher
Video artists: Hiroko Tanahashi and Yoann Trellu
Sound artist: Sibin Vassilev
Production management: Mario Stumpfe
Funded by Cultural Authorities of Bremen
K. u. U. Hollweg Foundation
Supported by Schwankhalle
Premiere will be in the Summer of 2011
the exploration of globalized natural resources as content for
theatrical performances, post theater moves from fish to coffee.
In order to deal with one of the most popular drinks in the world,
post theater invites six choreographers to work with a problematic
piece of historic pop culture: Almost all German kids had to learn
a rather xenophobic cannon in school, "C A F F E Eg.
C | A | F | F | E - E:
Do not drink so much coffee!
The Turkish drink is not for children,
It weakens the nerves,
Makes you pale and sick.
Donft be a gmuslim-manh,
Who cannot refrain from it.
Generations of music teachers loved the song for its witty arrangements
of letters as musical notes (C A F F E E) and its pedagogical
agenda, not worrying too much about its offensive xenophobia.
In times of migration and multi-ethnic urban societies, the song
cannot be sung any more. The project gC A F F E Eh takes the song
as a point of departure for a research on the migration of the
coffee itself. The truly universal drink has a history that leads
from Ethiopia to Jemen, from there through the Arab to the Ottoman
world, through Venice and Vienna to Europe and due to 19th century
imperialism to all over the world. Coffee has always been marked
as the exotic gotherh. It has been used for a great range of projections
and imaginations | medical as well as spiritual, fantastic or
scientific. But it has always been a social drink. In different
eras, different groups of people would drink it for different
occasions and, increasingly, at special venues | the cafes | places
named after the drink itself. Coffee played a special role as
drink of revolutionaries, artists | and women.
post theater has been awarded with the Bremer Autoren- und Produzentenpreis
2010 | an award for interdisciplinary performing arts projects
that gchallenge the idea and concept of the author in the performing
artsh. Bremen is the number one port for coffee in Germany.
The 7th Bremen Authorsf- and Producersf
Award of the Schwankhalle (Bremen, Germany) goes to the project
CAFFEE by post theater. The award consists of 15.000 EUR and a
production of the concept in 2011.
The juryfs statement (excerpt):
" The project CAFFEE by post theater (Max Schumacher and
Hiroko Tanahashi) is a convincing example that it is possible
to reach outstanding intellectual depth and broadening the concept
of authorship in a playful way - without relying on the strategies
of hermetic conceptualism.
post theater deserves the Bremen Authorsf- and Producersf Award
of the Schwankhalle 2010 for another reason as well. They have
proven in earlier projects a successful way how to develop interdisciplinary
thinking, perspectives, work and production methods coherently
out of the intended content.h c
The full statement is on www.schwankhalle.de