International Workshop Festival of Theatre: Public Lecture on Documentary Theatre

Von Stefan Kaegi

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Stefan Kaegi produces documentary theatre plays, radio shows and works in the urban environment in a diverse variety of collaborative partnerships. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, he gives voice to ‘experts' who are not trained actors but have something to tell. This is how he directed “Mnemopark”, a model railway world in the Basel Theatre – a live film (set in 1:87 scale) that has been shown in over thirty cities between Tokyo and Montreal. Kaegi has toured across Europe and Asia for over three years with two Bulgarian lorry drivers and a truck which was converted into a mobile audience room (“Cargo Sofia”). In 2008, he developed “Radio Muezzin” in Cairo – a project about the call to prayer in this age of technical reproduction, and in 2011, “Bodenprobe Kasachstan” about migration and oil in central Asia. His recent works include “Call Cutta in a Box”, a one-to-one telephone performance that takes place live from a call centre in India, “Hauptversammlung” (“Annual General Meeting”), a parasitic intervention at Daimler’s shareholders' meeting, the multi-player-on-stage-game “Best Before” (Vancouver 2010), the video-walk “Outdoors” (National Theatre of Wales 2011), various personalized versions of “100% City” (in Vienna, London, Melbourne and many other cities in with 100 local citizens on stage) and “Lagos Business Angels” with Nigerian business people (Berlin 2012). 

From 2006 to 2011 Kaegi was collaborating with Argentine writer and theatre director Lola Arias in São Paulo, Munich and Berlin, staging Brazilian police-officers and their biographies in living museums (Chacara Paraíso). “Airport Kids” followed in 2008; featuring 6 to 13-year-old global nomads based in Lausanne, the performance toured to Avignon and 12 more European cities. Together they curated Ciudades Paralelas (parallel cities) a portable festival for urban interventions.

Awarded the Routes Prize for Cultural Diversity in 2010 by European Cultural Foundation, Kaegi went on to curate the "idiom"-section of "Malta" Festival Póznan.

Kaegi is now on tour with "Remote X", a modular site specific audio tour for hordes of 50 listeners.

Kaegi has been co-producing works with Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel since 2002, under the label “Rimini Protokoll”.