Please bring an item along to the performance that is worthless to others but valuable to you. It can become part of the «Gallery of Useless Things», if you are willing to give it to us on loan. We also accept vinyls and slides that are no longer needed. Thank you!
Anyone who has ever had to clear out a house will know: Most of the junk that you have to get rid of is usually worthless – or isn't it? Swiss award-winning theatre maker and Kaserne LAB artist Antje Schupp invites the audience to take part in some advanced recycling. Antje and her team rummage through relics of the past after a laid-back start with drinks and coffee served in grandma's best crockery. Rich in musicality and with meticulous attention to detail, a fusion of exhibition ambiance and affectionate chaos: Definitely more «bless this mess» than Marie Kondō. Recycling of Life speculates on the eternal cycle of life and things: Life is sustained through the continuous cycle of unseen cellular renewal within our bodies. The evening navigates philosophical waters, going beyond the notion of worth to explore memories, knowledge and life experiences. What should we do with all these items?
«Life is a tune you cannot predict»
Q&A after the performance on 8.2.
Introduction before the performance on 10.2.
Duration: Circa 75 Min.
Antje Schupp is a director, performer, lecturer and author in (music)theatre and performance. Her interest of work is on transforming complex sociopolitical or ecological topics into performances, which offer the audience a direct involvement into the process or the performance itself. She has been collaborating with Kaserne Basel for many years and worked e.g. with Theater Basel, Schauspielhaus Zurich, Theater Neumarkt or Schauspielhaus Wien. Her productions got invited to festivals such as Antigel Geneva, Politik im Freien Theater or Impulse Theatre Festival. Antje regularly works in international collaborations, most recently in Brazil, prior in Lebanon, South Africa and Kosovo. She holds the Prize of Festspiele Zurich 2020 and the BAK Swiss Performing Arts Award 2021.
Ayman Nahle is a visual artist, filmmaker, cinematographer, film editor and film archivist. By synergizing his filmmaking with a passion for archiving, he delves into the realm of liminal space, bridging the gap between past memories and cultural and political interventions. Since 2020, he has been actively involved in archival practices, contributing to various workshops and research projects as an audio-visual archivist for Umam Documentation & Research (UMAM D&R) collections. His dedication to preserving and documenting audio-visual materials has been instrumental in enriching the historical and cultural heritage of these collections.
Yanik lives and works as a musician and artist in Basel. He studied Fine Arts at the Institute of Art at the HGK FHNW Basel (Bachelor) and at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (Master) and started a second Master in Composition and Improvisation at the Musik-Akademie Basel, Department of Classical Music in 2022. His work moves between visual arts, composition, improvisation and performance. As a composer, he has written music for theater (Schauspielhaus Zürich, Junges Theater Basel) as well as for his own ensemble, band and solo projects (SOLAND ANGEL, MIR) and developed video soundtracks, performance soundtracks (Kunstmuseum Basel) and audio pieces. His first solo album YUKI was released in 2021 on the Futura Resistenza label (NL/BXL).
Christoph Rufer was born in Bern and lives in Zurich and Berlin. After training as a bookseller, he studied scenographic design at the Zurich University of the Arts. Since 2011, he has worked as a freelance stage and costume designer in the fields of drama, musical theater, performance and dance. Other activities include teaching assignments with students. Works in an independent context, e.g. Kaserne Basel, Sophiensæle Berlin, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Theater Basel, Konzert Theater Bern, Luzerner Theater, Burgtheater Wien, Schauspielhaus Wien, Münchner Kammerspiele, Staatstheater Augsburg, as well as Beogradsko Dramsko Pozorište/Belgrade Schauspielhaus.
Concept, text, direction
Performance and Creation
Antje Schupp, Ayman Nahle, Yanik Soland, Christoph Rufer (Creation)
Technical direction & lighting
Annina Birrer, produktionsDOCK
A production by
born2perform in co-production with Kaserne Basel
Ballhaus Ost Berlin, UMAM Documentation & Research Beirut (UMAM D&R)
With the generous support of
the Dance&Theatre Committee BS/BL, Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Pro Helvetia
Special thanks to
Lottner AG Basel, Bäckerei Kult, Theo Rietschi AG, Oh Blumen, Getränkekollektiv, Squadra Violi