ON THE FIRST NIGHT WE LOOKED AT MAPS - LOS ALEMANES DEL VOLGA (English version)
by Federico & Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt
Mainly in English, partly in German and Spanish
An intimate documentary performance - for fourteen guests around a huge table - about a gay couple, travelling through its family histories, to write its own story. Getting in touch with ancestors who can only be, who they want to be, when they are not at the place where they believe they would belong to.
The audience is welcomed to their place at the table where photos, maps, documents and a song book are scattered and mate tea is being served. With their documentary performance “On the first night we looked at maps – Los Alemanes del Volga” the Argentinean-German artist couple Federico & Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt invite their audience on both a historical and biographical journey.
Following the Volga Germans who emigrated in the 18th century, it traces their passage from the German region of Hesse to Russia, and a hundred years later as they continued their path to the Americas. The performers confront themselves with fragments of past migration and the contradictions of family identity in an always shifting narrative of a couple searching for a queer heritage – and for a homeland that perhaps never existed.
Trailer of the pre-corona version of the piece:
Research/Text/Performance Federico Vöcks de Schwindt / Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt Cooperation TATWERK | Performative Forschung Funded by Wiederaufnahmeförderung der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Media partner taz die Tageszeitung
Federico & Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt have shared a partnership that extends from their private life to their artistic collaborations since 2014. They were invited to perform their first jointly developed performance "On the first night we looked at maps" at the Performing Arts Festival Berlin (selected for the newcomers’ platform "Introducing..."), the Furore Festival in Ludwigsburg/Germany and the Festival Opera Prima in Rovigo/Italy. Their artistic work currently focuses on questions of queer heritage, Eastern German identities and migration, as well as critical performative explorations of masculinities. In December Federico returns to TD Berlin with the premiere of his latest production "EPISODIO". www.voecks-de-schwindt.de
Ticket prices € 15,- / reduced € 9,-
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