100% Kaohsiung

By Haug / Kaegi /Wetzel

Kaohsiung, Taiwan's third most populous city, has 2.772.834 inhabitans and only 2% of them have another nationality than Taiwanese.  
For statistical purposes, people are regularly converted into pie wedges, bars and curves – which are then used to make political arguments or to create economic cost-benefit strategies. What if these statistics were given faces? What if Kaohsiung’s population was represented on stage by 100 persons?
54% are residents of the traditional area 'Old City‘. More than 51% of the residents are women, 43% of the population is married, 8% divorced and 32% are between 40 and 60 years of age. 
100% Kaohsiung takes the official statistics of the city and gives them a human face, placing on the stage one hundred of its inhabitants that represents the entire population of the city, divided into categories such as gender, age, nationality, family unit and area of residence. Each of them also speaks for him or herself: about their lives, their joys and their sorrows.
 
Spreading throughout the city over four months ago, 100% Kaohsiung began with the casting of one member who had to recruit another in 24 hours, who then recruited another and so on – all according to specific criteria of age, gender, household type, geography, language and population group mirroring the demographic make-up Taiwans "Harbour Capital“.
 
By: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Directed by: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi 
With: 100 citizens from Kaohsiung
Stage: Mascha Mazur
Set, Light, Video: Marc Jungreithmeier 
Casting: Yinru Vivian Lo, Ni Szu Sunni