Nomination GROUP50:50 in the category Genrespringer for Deutscher Theaterpreis DER FAUST 2023
With their last work, The Ghosts Are Returning, GROUP50:50 pulled off a real feat: Following the premiere, the University of Geneva decided to return seven skeletons that a Swiss doctor had once exhumed for the university and brought back to Europe. The ghosts finally returned. GROUP50:50 is now also returning to the D.R. Congo to work with the inhabitants of the equatorial forest to craft a multimedia music theatre production that eloquently portrays the rainforest – an intricate ecosystem in perilous decline. With the backing of the Mbuti, the local nomadic community, GROUP50:50 sings songs that reflect our ancestral legacy and our bequest to the generations yet to come. In dialogue with the region's traditional music, the ensemble orchestrates a transnational ceremony, a ritual endeavour to unravel the significance of the forest for the global population.
Duration: 120 minutes.
Q&A after the presentation 10/19
Talk Who are the guardians of the forest? 10/21 at 6 pm
Childcare on Oct. 22: For children ages 3-10, free, register by Oct. 20 at firstname.lastname@example.org, meet at the box office 30 minutes before showtime, more information: For families
GROUP50:50 are a collective from Congo, Switzerland and Germany and a production structure based in Basel, Berlin and Lubumbashi, who realize and produce transnational artistic cooperation projects. They tell stories about the historical and current economic and political interconnections between their countries, demand the return of cultural heritage and reparations for colonial crimes and current human rights violations. They address the history of globalization, colonial domination of the African continent, and neocolonial practices of human and natural exploitation. In doing so, they critically reflect on the forms of their cooperation, which is marred by historical and economic inequalities and cultural misunderstandings.
Artistic direction: Eva-Maria Bertschy, Joseph Kasau, Kojack Kossakamvwe and Elia Rediger
Musical direction: Kojack Kossakamvwe and Elia Rediger
Texts: Eva-Maria Bertschy, Jean-Baptiste Ekaka, Joseph Kasau, Patrick Mudekereza and Elia Rediger
Video: Joseph Kasau and Moritz von Dungern
Performance: Jean-Baptiste Ekaka, Stany Kalanda, Kojack Kossakamvwe, Elia Rediger, Huguette Tolinga
Performance (in the videos): Ruth Kemna, Gérard Agbokabolo Amboko, Jean Kamana, Papa Delolai, Christophe Anzalite Amboko, Dauphin Kakuaguwe Wendokono, Maman Antoinette, Constant Delite, Sengele Charles, Michel Basekombonane, Jean-Maria Nangondese, Rose Ongane, Jean-Paul Ingbitina, Collethe Bombini, Jules Amboko, Jacques Modo, Mambunga Basekombonane, Awilikilango, Adeline Baboanane, Julberthe Bibedu, Paulin Banyandey, Françoise Iday, Clementine Nengapeta, Micheline Iday, Jean-Pierre Bambabeya, Philiphe Bozi Marie, Nangaa Charline, Michel Thomo, Marie Akemande, Therese Monikomange, Bambanaye Abuty, Ndandambajaye, Jean-Pierre Monzabete, Anyabukiyuo, Jean-Pierre Bambakoanza, Adwakanakeya, Anthoinethe Abinya Kalite, Agbokabulo Mavambu, Jean-Marie Akemane, Raymond Kakeane, Clementhine Natho, Adwakanakeya Jedeo
Costumes: Cédrick Nzolo, Souleymane Diallo and Janine Werthmann
Technical direction and light design: Sylvain Faye
Sound design: Philipp Ruoff and Elia Rediger
Production: Camille Jamet, HERProductions and Isaac Yenga
Recherche: Jean de Dieu Aybeka
Acting Training: Emmanuel-Egide Elbas Manuana Ndosi
Assistant director: Anna Melissa Zentgraf
Internship: Fy Notahiana Harinofy Ramsoron
Press and Social Media: Johannes Fellmann, Leonie Soltys, Fellow Publishing
Thanks to: Alex Hasslieb, Olivier Maloba Banza, Chasper Sarott, Patrick Saidi and Prof. Alphonse Maindo
A production of GROUP50:50, co-production with Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, Kaserne Basel and Centre d'Art Waza Lubumbashi.
With the financial support of: Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater Basel-Stadt / Basel-Landschaft, Pro Helvetia, Südkulturfonds, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Corymbo Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretenstif-tung, GEA Waldviertler