Evros Walk Water 1&2 (Rimini Protokoll)
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, creating a joyful experience of collaboration and narration. Redefining the relation between composition, musician and audience while offering access to the work of John Cage from the source of its humour and concept of liberation.
It started in 2015 when the six youngsters were temporarily housed by the SOCIETY FOR THE CARE OF MINORS in Exarcheia. They had come to Greece from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Pakistan and Syria without their parents. 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.
The development process with the boys led to the replacement of the original instruments and sounds with different ones reflecting their stories, as they talk about their reasons for fleeing their home countries, their journey to Europe, and their daily life in Athens. The stage is designed in a way which allows the concert to happen without the boys being present: Evros Walk Water (2015).
“Evros Walk Water 1&2“ is a reworked and extended version of that first project which has toured several countries. Some of the youngsters are now residents in different 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 Exarcheia? Do you still dream of travelling to Europe? Do you still use hairspray? How do you dance?
German or English Voice Over.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2), Hallesches Ufer 32, Kreuzberg, 10963 Berlin
Production: Rimini Apparat and Onassis Cultural Centre / Fast Forward Festival (Athens). Co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe - Department of Culture.
Under the artistic direction and management of Annemie Vanackere, HAU Hebbel am Ufer presents contemporary artistic positions that explore the intersection of theatre, dance, and performance. In addition, music, visual arts, and theoretically oriented discursive events are core components of the diverse program. Instead of relying on a permanent ensemble, HAU does not only develop, but also presents international co-productions, festivals, and projects realized within and beyond Berlin’s international dance and theatre scene. Since 2013, HAU Hebbel am Ufer has, for instance, been solely responsible for organizing the “Tanz im August” festival. Crucial cornerstones of the program are a contemporary repertoire including renowned classics as well as festivals highlighting current themes, as could for instance be seen in “Precarious Bodies. Tanz, Performance, Körperpolitik“ (2013), “Das Große Nature Theater of Oklahoma ruft Euch!“ (2013), “Good Guys Only Win in Movies. Künstlerische Positionen aus Bukarest und Chisinau“ (2014), "Männlich Weiß Hetero. Ein Festival über Privilegien" (2015), “HEINER MÜLLER!“ (2016), or "Utopische Realitäten" (2017).