Sunday, September 20, 2009

INSIDE STORIES PODCAST 04: RIMINI PROTOKOLL'S INTERACTIVE THEATRE

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On the podcast this week, a conversation with Stefan Kaegi, a member of the Berlin-based theatre group Rimini Protokoll. I encountered them earlier this year when I went to their, um, play? show? performance? theatre thing? Whatever it is, it was called "Call Cutta in a Box," and Rimini Protokoll describes it as an international phone play. It's an unusual brand of theatre, in which an individual "audience" member goes into a sparsely-furnished room (at the Goethe-Institut in New York, when I saw it), and receives a phone call from a call center operator in Calcutta, India. The conversation is the play; and while there is a certain structure that the operator keeps to, it's not a tightly scripted experience.

Between "Call Cutta in a Box" and Rimini Protokoll's other offbeat projects, there seems to be an emphasis on the theatrical aspects of everyday life. Several of the projects Stefan and I talked about do not take place in a theatre at all. Or at least not a theatre with rows of numbered seats and a stage.


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