Memory of Mankind
Marcus Lindeen, Marianne Ségol
EUR 25
French with German and English surtitles
Dates
6 June
Thursday
Time 8pm
 
7 June
Friday
Time 8pm
 
8 June
Saturday
Time 6pm and 9pm
 
6 June
Thursday
Time 8pm
 
7 June
Friday
Time 8pm
 
8 June
Saturday
Time 6pm and 9pm
 
© Maya Legos
© Benni Valsson

An archive for eternity: ceramic tablets as indestructible data carriers are to be stored in the Hallstatt salt mines in order to endure beyond the end of our civilisation. Austrian Martin Kunze began to turn this idea into reality in 2012, and has since then been collecting newspaper articles, scholarly essays as well as personal stories for his Memory of Mankind. This extraordinary project inspired Swedish director Marcus Lindeen to interlace documentary material with fiction in his current work. Interviews with Kunze as well as other people – a man who suffers from a rare form of amnesia, an archaeologist who searches for traces of a lost queer civilisation – are assembled into an intimate conversation about the obsession with remembering and being remembered. In the stageless theatre, a space shared by the audience and the four performers alike, the question arises: Does the unique power of humans rest on memory or, in fact, on the ability to forget?

Artistic Team

Text, Direction, Concept Marcus Lindeen Concept, Dramaturgy, Translation Marianne Ségol Music, Sound design Hans Appelqvist Stage design Mathieu Lorry-Dupuy Light design Diane Guérin Costume Charlotte Le Gał Casting Naelle Dariya Technical Direction David Marain Sound engineer Nicolas Brusq Video technician Dimitri Blin Production, Management Emmanuelle Ossena, Charlotte Pesle Beal, LIson Bellanger (EPOC productions)

Production

Production compagnie Wild Minds Coproduction Wiener Festwochen | Freie Republik Wien, T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa, Le Quai ‐ CDN Angers Pays de Loire, Comédie de Caen – CDN de Normandie, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel), Le META-CDN Poitiers Nouvelle Aquitaine, CDN Besançon Franche-Comté, Le Grand T-Nantes, Le Lieu Unique-Nantes, PEP Pays-de-Loire, Le Méta CDN Poitiers Nouvelle-Aquitaine Project supported by the Ministère de la Culture – Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Supported by Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès

Premiere May 2024, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel)

Past projects

Wiener Festwochen 2022 L’ Aventure invisible

Age recommendation

14+

Acknowledgement

The performances in Vienna are supported by Institut Francais d’Autriche.

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