Draama 2022

International festival of performing arts Performa Borealis and Drama 2022 presents Landscapes and Bodies


Landscapes and Bodies by German director Daniel Kötter is an immersive performance parcours that is dedicated to the political, social, and ecological consequences of underground and open-cast mining. 

The five-part performance series Landscapes and Bodies was developed by Kötter/Israel/Limberg in collaboration with musicians, performers, theoreticians and local mining workers from Indonesia, DR Congo, Estonia, Leipzig and the Ruhr Region in Germany. The respective works explore the local and global influences of the extraction of raw material on landscapes, living environments and the living together. Each work is understood as a case study. In Tartu, 3 parts of the series Water and Coltan and Oil Shale will be presented. 

Water and Coltan
Water (Landscapes and Bodies #3). After the end of hard coal mining, the Ruhr region in Germany is struggling not only with social and urban structural changes, but also with the immediate eternal consequences of the mining of raw materials. Hundreds of underground pump stations in the former tunnels have to ensure that the rising water level does not transform the Ruhr region into a lake district. On the one hand Water, together with time researchers and former miners, takes a closer look below the earth´s surface of the Ruhr where pumps have now taken over the miners' legacy. On the other hand, the camera, together with inhabitants, maps the residential area for well-off people around the artificial Phoenix Lake in Dortmund. 

Coltan (Landscapes and Bodies #4) explores artisanal coltan mining in Eastern DR Congo to investigate permanent risks for the region and its inhabitants. It explores the world of work beneath the earth's surface and asks about its consequences for the cohabitation above the mines. Coltan deals with other conditions of survival: the political and social structure of small-scale mining in the east of DR Congo. More than a million creuseurs perforate the landscape in the small mines in strenuous manual labor in order to extract the raw material coltan, which is central to electronics production.

The stage design allows the audience members to walk through an architecture, which is built up of twelve individual room elements.

The audience enters the set structure in groups of five persons with a time delay of ten minutes. Each of the rooms have a performative duration of about ten minutes.

In six of the rooms (three for each case study) 360° films are shown on VR-glasses, in the others live performances or audio plays take place. The six performance rooms are individually equipped, depending on what is needed by the respective performance and the performer. The rooms are made of wood, and each has the dimensions of a standard 20-foot container. Their tunnel-like sequence implies associations of mining tunnels as well as apartment units. 

Oil shale (Landscapes and Bodies #5) examines the oil shale mining industry in Eastern Virumaa, Estonia. The performance/ documentary/live concert by the industrial rock band KEETAI on stage, incorporates into the show interviews with the inhabitants of the Eastern Virumaa mining region representing different generations, walks of life and occupations. The audience can read the interviews while visiting the installation. With the ticket bought for the show the audience can listen to the concert by KEETAI on 10 September at 9.30 pm (Estonian National Museum).

Concept and artistic direction: Daniel Kötter, Sarah Israel, Elisa Limberg
360° film: Daniel Kötter
Stage: Elisa Limberg
Dramaturgy: Sarah Israel
Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk
Production: ehrliche arbeit — freies Kulturbüro 

Duration of the performance 108 minutes.

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Performa Borealis - International festival of performing arts 

Performa Borealis is an international festival of performing arts, which belongs to the main programme of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024.

The festival will take place at venues in Tartu as well as in urban public spaces and is organised in collaboration with the Estonian Theatre Festival DRAAMA.

Performa Borealis festival will take place over in September 2024. The pilot festival of Performa Borealis, taking place on 8, 9 and 10 September 2022 at the Estonian National Museum (ERM), will present 3 parts of a 5-part performance series Landscapes and Bodies by the German director and documentary film maker Daniel Kötter. Landscapes and Bodies, dedicated to the political, social, and ecological consequences of global underground and open-cast mining, consist of an installation, 360° VR film, a documentary and live industrial rock concert. Landscapes and Bodies serves as an example of the interdisciplinary approach of the main festival in 2024. 

Performa Borealis aims at exploring the social and political urgencies of our time and will bring to Tartu with its programme performances covering a variety of artistic disciplines both from the Baltic region and the rest of Europe. With its artistically diverse program, the festival is going to address the most burning issues of today, ranging from climate change, refugee crisis or technological transition to examining pressing community problems.

On the other hand, artistic works opening new perspectives to strengthen ties between community members, promote social inclusion, positive mental health and overall wellbeing are expected to make a worthwhile contribution to the festival programme.

The programme of the festival will span the whole spectrum of performing arts from contemporary visual performance (live art, physical and circus-theatre, movement, and object theatre) to contemporary dance and social and political theatre including documentary theatre. A special emphasis will be laid on sight specific performances celebrating cultural heritage and addressing community issues.

A sub programme of the festival Shooting Stars in the Performing Arts is organized in partnership with Estonian Music and Theatre Academy, international master of arts degree programme Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) led by professor Jüri Nael in order to nurture young international talents. Consequently, showings, workshops, seminars, new productions and international lectures will be held. 

The main organizers of the festival are Kristiina Reidolv and Inga Koppel and international curator Thomas Frank (Germany). 

Kristiina Reidolv: +372 5525258, reidolf@gmail.com
Inga Koppel: +372 5039971, inga.koppel@gmail.com

Daniel Kötter

Daniel Kötter is an international filmmaker and music theater director. His works alternate between different media and institutional contexts and combine experimental film techniques with performative and documentary elements. They have been shown worldwide at numerous film and video art festivals, in galleries, theaters and concert halls.

His major works include the music theater trilogies Falsche Arbeit, Falsche Freizeit, Freizeitspektakel (2008-10), KREDIT RECHT LIEBE (2013-16) and STADT LAND FLUSS (2017-19, all with Hannes Seidl), the multi-channel trilogy Arbeit und Freizeit (2009-2011) as well as the film, performance and discourse series “state-theatre” about the urban conditions of performativity in the cities of Lagos, Tehran, Berlin, Detroit, Beirut, Mönchengladbach (2009-2014 with Constanze Fischbeck).

His extensive film and text work KATALOG (2013) was made in 13 countries around the Mediterranean with a particular interest in practices in space.

Visual research leads him again and again to the African continent and the Middle East.

2014-18 he worked with the curator Jochen Becker (metroZones) on the research, exhibition and film project CHINAFRIKA. Under Construction.

In 2017-20 he worked on the documentary film trilogy Hashti Tehran (2017, 60 ’), Desert View (2018, 84’) and Rift Finfinnee (2020, 80 ’) about urban peripheries in Tehran, Cairo and Addis Ababa. Hashti Tehran won the special award of the German Short Film Award, Rift Finfinnee the DEFA Award at DOK Leipzig.

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