What is Europe really? Is it a geographical border, a cultural identity, a coalition of states? More and more often it is said that Europe is an idea that is always changing, as an individual can say of his or her own experience. Rimini Protokoll contrasts an abstract idea of Europe with the individuality of a private apartment. 15 people are part of a performance in a living room that weaves personal stories and political mechanisms in Europe. How much of Europe lives in all of us?
You may host Home Visit Europe at your own home or be a guest in the private apartment of a stranger. Every action occurs at a different home, and thus the performance will tour hundreds of homes across Europe, building a network instead of growing from a center, extending from door to door all over the continent.
Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel have worked as a team since 2000. Since 2002, all their works have been written together under the label of Rimini Protokoll. The focus of their work is the continued development of drama tools to enable unusual perspectives on our reality. The latest great project of Rimini Protokoll, a European production by the network House on Fire, Home Visit Europe presents a series of basic questions about participation, ownership, occupancy of private space, and also about hospitality and welcomeness as human gestures against barbarism. A vital lesson for these seemingly endless times of migrations.
Concept / Writer / Director: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll) | Dramaturgy: Katja Hagedorn | Art collaborator on tour: Cornelius Puschke | Interaction Design: Hans Leser, Grit Schuster, Mirko Dietrich, Claes Schwennen | Assistant interaction design: Philipp Arnold | Set: Belle Santos, Lena Mody | Assistant director: Ran Chai Bar-Zvi | Production: Juliane Männel | Technical direction: Sven Nichterlein | Web design: Ralph Tawan Arun + Gowers (programming) | Web edition: Cornelius Puschke.
Premiere in Spain at the Festival Escenas do Cambio 2016, Santiago de Compostela.