Cargo Texas-Toulouse

A documentary truck ride

By Stefan Kaegi

Rimini Protokoll has transformed a truck into a theatre – the seating installed in the trailer takes 46 spectators on a journey to the places of transit and trade at the city’s edges. Two very different truckdrivers tell their stories while they drive the audience.
 
The truck is converted in such a way that 46 people can look through a 10m long window to see the landscape passing by. Where goods used to be stacked in the past, now the audience is sitting and looking from a changed perspective back at their city. Thus the truck serves as an observatory, a mobile binocular trained at the city like a microscope. The audience is transported for two hours along gaz stations, industrial loading ramps and other hotspots of globalisation, which are live synced with a score composed for the landscape outside the window. On the road cordless microphones will transmit the truck drivers biographies live into the truck. A site-specific performance along the suburbs of Toulouse and feels like a road movie through the flipside of a globalised economy.  
 
Concept / Direction: Stefan Kaegi
Music: Florent Paris
Video: Raphaël Granvaud-Perez
Assistant: Leslie Hagimont
Production: Rimini Protokoll, Théâtredelacité - CDN Toulouse Occitanie
 
Based on Cargo Sofia-X that was produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and Goethe-Institut Sofia in 2006