Kammer 1



In this production, the actress and director Laura Uribe also deals with the situation of migrants who have been driven out of their countries by war. In terms of the choice of artistic means, the resulting work by Ángel Herndández for the Endstation Sehnsucht festival is very different. The idea for the project by Laura Uribe emerged from a collaboration between the theatre departments of the universities in Mexico City and in Medellin, Colombia.

“Mare Nostrum” is contemporary documentary theatre, in which multimedia, performance and installations are juxtaposed in a compelling way. Personal experiences, statistics and reflections form to make a panorama, relating the pain and the loss experienced by displaced people from different perspectives. Parallels are drawn between the tragedies that are taking place between Africa and Europe, in the Mediterranean and Syria, and testimonies from witnesses to violence in Colombia.

For fifty years, a conflict of unparalleled cruelty has been raging in Colombia between the government and the paramilitary units of FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People’s Army). It has driven Colombians to flee to Mexico, and from there onward to the US border. A definitive ceasefire was agreed between the warring parties on 22 June 2016. For his role in this process of rapprochement, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos received the Nobel Prize. The population’s negative vote on the compromise negotiated by the government, which would have left countless crimes unpunished, has now destroyed all hopes of a lasting solution to the conflict.

“Mare Nostrum” spans a great dramaturgical arc, which is marked by abrupt breaks. The audience is immersed in a stream of provocative, eclectic images, in a stream of language that is both poetic and aggressive. Even in moments of greatest despair, touches of humour are noticeable. From a wooden hut in which a singer hums a ballad, the audience are placed in the middle of the jungle, in which a woman relates how her mother was riddled with holes during a massacre. The idea that fish can turn into people induces hallucinatory visions.

Laura Uribe’s production denounces the injustice and inhumanity of a brand of capitalism that systematically causes thousands upon thousands of people to be uprooted and disappear mysteriously. In a powerful final image, three bodies, surrounded by clothing that its owners have long since lost, drift through the floods into oblivion and an infinite loneliness.

Laura Uribe was trained at the National Theatre School of Mexico. She became well-known when she founded a group with the enigmatic name Teatro de Código (Coded Theatre). Her production “Mare Nostrum” is partly based on texts by the Colombian actors Marisol Álvarez, Tata Castañeda, Emanuel M. Madrigal and Manuela Paniagua. The work was inspired by a stage production by the Spanish playwright and performer Angélica Liddell: “Y los peces salieron a combatir contra los hombres”.

Part of Endstation Sehnsucht – Theater in Mexico: A festival about flight, identity and the representability of violence

Curated by Christoph Gurk and Ilona Goyeneche.

In cooperation with Goethe-Institut Mexiko. Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Supported by Secretaría de Cultura de México, Goethe-Institut München and Instituto Cervantes.

Next to the individual ticket a FESTIVAL PASS is available at the box office.

FESTIVAL PASS (for 6 days): 60 Euro / discounted 40 Euro

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