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
Direction video and sound: Robin Chollet
Assistant: Leslie Hagimont
Production: Rimini Protokoll, Théâtredelacité - CDN Toulouse Occitanie
With: Jean-Pierre Cazé (Driver), Christophe Mazalaigue (Driver), Sarah Lugassy (Singer)
Produced and presented by:
ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Pronomade(s) en Haute-Garonne – CNAREP et l’Usine – CNAREP (Tournefeuille / Toulouse Métropole) lors de La Biennale

Supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizerischer Kulturstiftung

In Collaboration with Le Metronum, Le Marché d’Intérêt National de Toulouse Occitanie, DB Schenker – Schenker France, Le Groupe Seosse (Seosse Eco-Transformation), Lavatrans et Jobtransport

Based on Cargo Sofia-X that was produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and Goethe-Institut Sofia in 2006