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VII Berlin
Public Event 23 - 26 November, 2023

La Danse d’Amazon

Rimini Protokoll, The Peng! Collective
Theatre, dance, circus • Commodity fetish, warehouse logistics, and torn dreams of the 21st Century.

Public access

Open

Venue

CABUWAZI Marzahn, Otto-Rosenberg-Straße 2,
12681 Berlin, Germany.
Inside circus tent

Tickets

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Date & Time

23 – 26 November, 2023

20.00

Language

German

More Information

Click here for more information on “la dance d’amazon, a fulfillment circus” by Daniel Wetzel

A Fullfilment Centre

A theatre nouveau format about fulfillment, centralisation and performance. “Performance is everything”, says Pjotr, a trainer of future circus artists. “Work hard, have fun, make history”, the Amazonians read every day on the ceilings above their heads. “This is our last dance, this is us under pressure”, hums one of them along to the music programme at the single items packing station. 

La Danse d’Amazon assembles the experiences of Amazonians, circus artists, theorists on money, commodities, experts for e-commerce, behaviourism, accelerationism, the situation of the Amazonas region, the rise of the by far biggest selling platform the world has ever seen, and the act of smiling. The 18 chapters of Ulysses have transformed into an 18-hour protocol of the day’s world markets and what is said about them, and locates the traces of certain commodities within them, in mines, factories, in containers, websites and in clouds. The core question of the project: What do we do for Amazon and what does Amazon do for us? 

Shopping malls and zones are changing, “stay in your cave, guys!”, shout the advertisements of the last-mile courier services, and even supermarkets are perpetuating and speeding up their delivery services into the night and into the home. This play is not about lamenting the transformation, but dealing with its pace-setter, Amazon and those who make it grow.

The catalogue of goods on the marketplace Amazon comprises more than 355 million products – and many more are added every day – an endless dance of the production ofgoods and desires around the globe, shipped through hundreds of “fulfilment centres”. But how do they actually work and what does “fulfilment” consist of?

Rimini Protokoll invites us to the CABUWAZI circus in Marzahn and asks: What connects the daily training of the body on the high wire with the work of the index finger on the scanner and with the performance ranking at the end of the shift? Why do the tables dance in Karl Marx’s Capital? Is it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of Amazon? Did the conquistadors really name the most water-rich river on earth “Without Nipple”? And Amazon named its online agency for “Human Intelligence Tasks” after the so-called “Mechanical Turk”?

With: 

Monsur BabalolaSebastian HerzfeldLaleshka Salas SalazarBasile Herrmann PhilippeZirkusarchiv Gisela und Dietmar Winkler

Director: Daniel Wetzel
Dramaturgy: Aljoscha Begrich
Artistic Direction conception phase: Jean Peters (Peng! Kollektiv)
Research: Linn Günther
Stage, Costume: Nicole Timm
Choreography: Venetsiana Kalabaliki
Video design: Grit Schuster, Fine Freiberg
Lighting: David Scholz
Sound & Video Technology: Fine Freiberg
Graphic Design: Valentin Wetzel
Technical Direction: David Scholz
Artistic Collaboration: Linn Günther, Luna Anogiáti
Artistic Collaboration stage: Albertine Mietusch
Technical Collaboration: Louis Rixner
Video model: Gaurav Singh
Internship costume: Mats Binder, Jonas Roscher
Production Management: Chloé Ferro, Steven Sander
Press and Public Relations: Alexandra Lauck

In co-production with Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik.
In collaboration with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz a.o.

Rehearsal Images