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Your view of Voronezh may vary widely depending on what neighborhood you live in, how much money you make, whether you are born here or not, single or married, divorced or widowed. The city means radically different things to different people because of how they experience it—beliefs, politics, concerns are often the results of people's isolated experiences. Everyone knows there are others who differ radically from themselves—they can read the statistics. But what happens when those "statistics" share a stage together? What happens when those hot button issues are addressed live to 100 true representatives of the cross section of the city? What side of the pie chart would you walk to? Who will stand apart? Who will fall back into the majority?
55% of the population in Voronezh is female, 6% is older than 65. 12% of the inhabitants live in the centre and only 1% of them are Tatars, 28% are single.
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 Voronezh’s population was represented on stage by 100 persons?
In a world bombarded with ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ this cross-section of the society could tell the truth of modern Voronezh’s life in a way graphs or pie-charts never could. Spreading throughout the city for the next four months, 100% Voronezh will begin with the casting of one member who has to recruit another in 24 hours, who then recruits another and so on – all according to specific criteria of age, gender, household type, geography and place of brith mirroring the demographic make-up the center of the Central Black Earth Region.
100% Voronezh - will be a gathering that is a city, a group just beginning to experience itself, a choir that has never practiced, an impossible entity with many faces – assembled into ever-changing new group pictures: group pictures as replacement for family – as fleeting portraits of belonging. Who is missing? And what have the statistics failed to record? Who lives in a completely different Voronezh? Who thinks that this city is different because they are a part of it?
Concept: Helgard Haug / Stefan Kaegi / Daniel Wetzel
Direction: Helgard Haug / Stefan Kaegi
with: 100% inhabitants of Voronezh
Stage: Mascha Mazur / Marc Jungreithmeier
Light Design / Video: Marc Jungreithmeier
Sounddesign: Frank Böhle
Research / Casting: Maria Dedova, Kristina Bilyalova
Live Band: The Sheepray
A production by Rimini Apparat in cooperation with VIII International Platonov Arts Festival.