la danse d‘amazon

a fulfillment circus

By Daniel Wetzel

Shopping malls and zones are changing, "stay in your cave, guys!", shout the advertisements of the last-mile courier services, and even supermarkets are perpetuating and speeding up their delivery services into the night and into the home. This play is not about lamenting the transformation, but dealing with its pace-setter, Amazon and those who make it grow that overpowering. Us.
The catalogue of goods on the marketplace Amazon comprises more than 355 million products - and many more are added every day - an endless dance of the production of
 goods and desires around the globe, shipped through hundreds of "fulfilment centres". But how do they actually work and what does "fulfilment" consist of?
Rimini Protokoll invites us to the CABUWAZI circus in Marzahn and asks: What connects the daily training of the body on the high wire with the work of the index finger on the scanner and with the performance ranking at the end of the shift? Why do the tables dance in Karl Marx's Capital? Is it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of Amazon? Did the conquistadors really name the most water-rich river on earth "Without Nipple"? And Amazon named its online agency for "Human Intelligence Tasks" after the so-called "Mechanical Turk"?
Tickets at Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 
With: Monsur Babalola (psychologist, associate at Amazon Fresh), Sebastian Herz (Zignify Global Product Sourcing), Jana Krekić (Funder and CEO YLT Translations), Laleshka Salas Salazar (performance artist), Basile Herrmann Philipe (performance artist), Daniel Wetzel, Gisela and Dietmar Winkler (Circus Archive Winkler).
And Zoï Wetzel as well as acrobats from the Cabuwazi Marzahn circus (Paul Schuster, Hannah Wagner, Mio Riechers, Milana Brehm, Anna Lindner)
On video: Thomas Kuczynski (Wirtschaftshistoriker, Statistiker) †, Infidelix (Rapper an der S/U Warschauer Straße, seit 9 Jahren Reisender und Motivationsredner), Fabio, Ray, Ilijas Mohammed, Legesse, Hedi, Alex, Wioleta, Paulina, Alex, Patrick (Ver.di Mitglieder und Amazon Mitarbeiter*innen)
Director / text / sounds: Daniel Wetzel
Dramaturgy: Aljoscha Begrich
Artistic collaboration text and direction / research: Linn Günther
Stage, Costume: Nicole Timm
Artistic collaboration conception phase: Jean Peters (Peng! Kollektiv)
Choreography: Venetsiana Kalampaliki

Video design: Grit Schuster, Fine Freiberg
Lighting: David Scholz
Sound & Video Technology: Fine Freiberg
Technical Direction: David Scholz
Sound technic and sound design: Louis Rixner

Artistic Collaboration direction: Luna Anogiáti
Artistic Collaboration stage: Albertine Mietusch
Video model: Gaurav Singh
Collaboration costume: Mats Binder, Jonas Roscher Casting and consulting Circus & Artistry: Josa Kölbel
Production Management: Chloé Ferro, Steven Sander
Press and Public Relations: Alexandra Lauck
Graphic Design: Valentin Wetzel
Camera demonstration: Clara Becking 
Outside Eye: Matthias Lilienthal 

Tickets: Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 

In co-production with Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik.
In collaboration with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.
Co-funded by the European Union. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
With the kind support of the Schöpflin Stiftung.
la danse d‘amazon is part of ULYSSES European Odyssey (UEO) as "Berlin: Act II, Chapter VII".
ULYSSES European Odyssey (UEO) is an epic project from 2022-2024 across 18 cities in 16 countries, producing artistic responses in public spaces to social and cultural themes identified in the 18 episodes of James Joyce’s Ulysses. At the same time, a cycle of 18 public symposia will be held in each city to produce 309 questions (Ulysses, Ep. 17) towards creating a new arts and society manifesto for Europe. The project also has 30 artist residencies which will contribute to a new book, Europe-Ulysses, alongside 18 new writing commissions, one writer from each city.
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