Bodenprobe Kasachstan

Duration: 1 h 40


Bodenprobe Kasachstan is a project that refers to a certain not so well known part of Russian and German history and the oil-based mechanisms of global economy. Migrations between Russia and Germany became widespread at the times of Catherine the Great. During Stalin’s rule thousands of people of German lineage were deported to Kazakhstan. In the early 1990s, at the invitation of Helmut Kohl, their descendents were artificially brought back to their country of origin. At the same time a major oil field was discovered in the western part of Kazakhstan. The stories of specific people – the actors (including a Russian-German tank-truck driver and an East German engineer) – reveal the connections between history and political mechanisms with the rules that govern the economy which, in turn, determines the functioning of the whole world. Oil and its derivatives constitute a considerable part of our everyday lives as they are transported via pipelines and tankers to practically every site in the world. This is reminiscent of people and their stories.

Migration and flight are symbolic of the 20th century and continue to control the fates of many communities whose lives are an outcome of their own choices, chance and the acts of decision makers.

Concept and direction: Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)
Video design: Chris Kondek
Music: Christian Garcia
Stage design: Aljoscha Begrich
Dramaturgs: Aljoscha Begrich, Juliane Männel
Light design: Sven Nichterlein

Perform: Elena Panibratowa, Gerd Baumann, Heinrich Wiebe, Helene Simkin, Nurlan Dussali

Production: Rimini Apparat i HAU/Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.
Co-production: Schauspiel Hanover, Wiener Festwochen, Goethe Institute Almaty, Le Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg / Scène Européenne, Territory Festival 2011 i BIT Teatergarasjen

Support: the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs