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Rimini Protokoll (DE): Evros Walk Water 2

Rimini Protokoll: Evros Walk Water 2
Age: From 10 years

‘We cannot be with you. That’s why you are the musicians and we are the conductors.’
Rimini Protokoll returns with a new performance of “theatre of reality”, which follows the paths of unaccompanied minor immigrants on their travel to Europe and uses John Cage as a reference point.

It started in 2015 with the six youngsters who had fled from their countries and had ended up in Greece at a reception centre for underaged refugees.  The boys were introduced to Water Walk (1959), the iconic work by American composer John Cage which is played on household items rather than musical instruments. In Evros Walk Water II, the instruments are reflecting their stories, as they talk about their reasons for fleeing their home countries, the journey to Europe, and their daily life in Athens.

Over the course of an hour, the audience is both a collective of listeners and a temporary orchestra. Given a lifeboat, a plastic gun, a Ferrari toy car and a paddle to play rather than musical instruments, this orchestra is conducted remotely by six young boys, who give instructions to the players through earphones and share their stories.

Evros Walk Water II is a reworked and extended version of that first project which has toured several countries. Some of the youngsters are now residents in other European countries; all of them are in the process of becoming adults. Life went on and now new questions arise: Did you make new friends over there? Are the Swiss more racist than the Dutch? With whom do you play Counter-Strike now?  Do you finally drive a motorbike around Exarheia? Do you still dream to travel to Europe? Do you still use hairspray? How do you dance?”

Evros Walk Water 2
Concept & Direction: Daniel Wetzel
Dramaturgy: Ioanna Valsamidou
Research: Konstantinos Kallivretakis
Research, Assistance: Nefeli Myrodia
Scenography: Magda Plevraki
Scenography Assistance: Maria Kakaroglou
Sound Artist: Peter Breitenbach
Sound Artist Collaboration: Lampros Pigounis
Light Design: Guy Stephanou, Michalis Kloukinas
Video Artist: Menelaos Karamaghiolis
Video Artist Collaboration: Panagiotis Papafragkos
Research (Sweden): Margarita Gerogianni
Production Management: Violetta Gyra, Juliane Männel, Heidrun Schlegel (Rimini Apparat)
World premiere at Onassis Cultural Centre / Fast Forward Festival (Athens)

Production: Rimini Apparat and Onassis Cultural Centre / Fast Forward Festival (Athens)
Coproduced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe – Department of Culture
Based on Evros Walk Water – a coproduction by TAK Liechtenstein, Schloßmediale Werdenberg and Rimini Apparat

Special thanks to Mirella Weingarten, Kurt Scheidegger, to the design store DMOD Workshop, Society for the Care of Minors, Fotis Parthenidis, Telemachos Tsolis, Dimitra Adamantidou, Eleftheria Lykou, Spyros Tzivelekis, Lukas Alexiou, Theodoros Roumpanis, Valerios Skripkarow, Alice Roorda, Maaike Verbogt, Annelies van der Goot, Roy van Berkum