The Meeting – June 25: DAY 6

On our final day of the Human Trade Network all artists came together to continue the work on the final presentation we called the “Human Trade Network Showing”. In an effort to exemplify a work in progress, of a theatrical experiment with four directing parties working with actors from all over the globe, the showing meant not so much to present a result, but rather to gaze into the experiment itself. The hot summer temperatures did their part, we worked all through the weekend to have a good half hour performance we presented to a loyal audience. The idea was to take some of the characters from the four international productions and confront them with each other in three different settings. The directors have decided to form three groups, three types of agents we could observe in the productions on human trade: first, Abhishek Majumdar worked on those who were being sold; second, Clemens Bechtel and Gianina Carbunariu confronted the dealmakers with each other; and third, Luca Fusi and Ildevert Meda combined those who were left behind after the human trade had taken place. The theatrical means chosen were simple enough to come into a mutually shared spiel, language barriers as much taken down as held up, and acting styles used from plays with words, physicalities and sound. For example, there was a mix of Romanian style accordion and Indian style vocals to be heard throughout the performance. We concluded this part of the project and the project as a whole with a final discussion with all actors and directors and the audience, where we raised questions of the value of a global network such as this and how it can continue. What is the immediate worth a four groups coming together, sharing research, time and artistic output? How can a continuation with the artists, with funds take place? All voices were deeply satisfied with the chances they were offered to have taken place, and a continued work between the directors seems more than wanted and possible. At this point, we would like to say thanks on behalf of everyone involved in the project to those who made it possible. Global theater still has a long way to come along, but we are on that path.

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