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Solo for an octopus

By Stefan Kaegi

How can we understand an animal to which we attest an intelligence that may be radically different from ours? How do we establish a new relationship with nature without disassociating ourselves from it as radically different? Who is watching whom?

Stefan Kaegi imagines a theatrical aquarium to stage an octopus, that gifted, curious and playful animal. The relationship with the octopus shapes the show to the point of reversing the roles: who is playing with whom? Who is observing whom? A theatrical reflection in which the human being is not the centre, but which plays on our tendency to recognise ourselves and to project ourselves onto the mirror held up to us by animals.

Concept und direction: Stefan Kaegi
In collaboration with: one octopus, Judith Zagury and Nathalie Küttel (ShanjuLab)
Scientific consultation: Prof. Graziano Fiorito
Dramaturgy:  Katja Hagedorn
Music: Stéphane Vecchione
Technics and installations: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Light: Pierre Nicolas Moulin
Video: Oliver Vuillamy
Producer: Anouk Luthier

Production: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne - ShanjuLab Gimel (Laboratoire de recherche théâtrale sur la présence animale) - République Éphémère *, Genève - Théâtre Saint-Gervais Genève

Festival Antigel, Geneva - Berliner Festspiele, Berlin