European Values / Ownership conditions, Salzburg


European Values / Ownership conditions, Salzburg

Content European property relationships and individual notions of Haves/Have-nots.
Thousands of people would like to live in Europe. Some because of the war situation in their home countries, some because they cannot make their daily living. We are challenged how to deal with this biggest movement of migration since WW 2. Basically we are afraid to loose our possessions. We don’t want to share our wealth. Or at least we want to share only voluntarily and only as much that it does not hurt. May be this is what people mean if they talk about defending European values. It seems to be time to rethink our property situations! What does it mean to be rich? What does it mean to be poor? How do we deal with our possessions in the framework of differing historic experiences in eastern and western Europe? How do we relate to the issue of ownership? How do we deal personaly with possessions? How do we talk about it? How don’t we talk about it?

This workshop is to develop a performance on the base of a research in the social environment of each participant and with reference to some basic philosophy and literature on the matter. A source of inspiration will be the German fairy-tale Hans im Glück (Hans in luck), where the main character liberates himself from all possessions in an act of non-understanding basic economic principles. A major means within the performative approach to the text material will be the work with speech choirs. The participants will explore the variety of choric language work.

Subject: Poor/Rich in Europe
Cooperation of young professionals of 8 Partners as a documentary research and play development.
Director: Volker Lösch
Partners: 8 partners (15 participants, acting and directing students)

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The workshop will explore these questions in different steps:

  • Preparation meeting (3 days) in Salzburg: Reading theory, philosophy and literature (f.i. Proudhon, Marx, Brecht, Piketty). Lectures by experts: Christian Felber and Alexis Passadakis (Attac).
  • Developing a questionnaire for the interviews.
  • Developing first ideas for a concept/scenario (in smaller groups).
  • Doing interviews (back home) on the base of the questionnaire within the social context of each participant (friends, family, students). Transcription and selection of interview material.
  • Rehearsals / performance (4 weeks in Salzburg)
  • Total 7 weeks (1 week Salzburg, 2 weeks at home, 4 weeks Salzburg

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