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© Joseph Kasau

At the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference, the world's three largest rainforest nations agreed to a climate partnership. Shortly thereafter, the Congolese president published a law that officially recognizes and protects the rights of the autochthonous or indigenous peoples in the DR Congo. But how is this law now being implemented? Because just a few months later, the Congolese government shocked the international public by announcing that it would auction off concessions for oil production in the same rainforest. So far, the Mbuti, the largest indigenous people in the rainforest of the Congo Basin, have hardly raised their voice at the international level. GROUP50:50 is now traveling to the province of Haut-Uele to visit an Mbuti community and work with them on a multimedia music theater piece - about geopolitics and a complex ecosystem that is slowly coming apart at the seams, about concern and loss, about what we have inherited from previous generations and what we will leave to future ones.

Q&A after the presentation 10/19

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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 and ensemble

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, Maman Akay, Odey, Sese, Mdukudjene, Madanga, Anduabe, Tuluma, Indioli, Papa Djamu, Tomo, Sengi, Nganzi, Batu, Bakarisi, Raymond, Gérard Agbokabolo Amboko, Jean Kamana, Papa Delolai, Christophe Anzalite Amboko, Dauphin Kakuaguwe Wendokono, Maman Antoinette, Constant Delite et Sengele Charles, Pigo Amboko Patrice

With contributions by: Ruth Kemna and Patrick Mudekereza

Costumes: Cédrick Nzolo and Janine Werthmann

Technical direction and light design: Sylvain Faye

Sound design: Philipp Ruoff

Production: Camille Jamet, HERProductions and Isaac Yenga

Assistant director: Anna Melissa Zentgraf

Internship: Fy Notahiana Harinofy Ramsoron

Press and Social Media: Johannes Fellmann, Leonie Soltys, Fellow Publishing

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

© Joseph Kasau