«Oder wem gehört die Welt» («Or who owns the world») is inspired by the film «Kuhle Wampe oder wem gehört die Welt» which is a political art film of 1932 (Wiemar Cinema) created by the collective: Slatan Dudow (director), Bertolt Brecht (script), Hanns Eisler (music), Ernst Busch (actor) a.o. With the aim of a research in Brecht’s modes, collectives and failures we’ve tried to investigate why the film speaks by itself to us nowadays, as offsprings of the above artists. In this project we would like to investigate in issues like modes of collaboration, sharing processes and developing methodologies, failure and solidarity inside a group of people in order to arise the activation of the audience and set questions like: how is the collective imaginary constructed? How are ‘collective representations’ remodeled in the film-process? What is the relationship between the spectator and the material?
The piece is a coalition of live and video performance, which will be divided in 5 thematic rounds. Live performance and video montage are mingling, as partners in a dialog, creating a hard dialectic approach, an idea that arises from the collision of indipendant shots and different actions on stage. The thematic of the rounds will be developed out of the film’s plot: job hunters, suicide, fordistic model, engagement/marriage, sports/games, discussion in the train etc. The cause of the rounds will be the creation of solidarity towards a group dynamic which will end up always with a failure.
Our aim is to show that the film still provides a complex understanding of the contemporary political situation that can be of relevance to art and politics today. The link between the politics and choreography comes through the consistence of distributing bodies and their relationship in space. The structure of a body or a group of bodies, the framing of their relationship and their position in the space can work as a symbolism for any given society.