Stefan Kaegi produces documentary theatre plays, radio shows and works in the urban environment in a diverse variety of collaborative partnerships. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, he gives voice to ‘experts' who are not trained actors but have something to tell. This is how he directed “Mnemopark”, a model railway world in the Basel Theatre – a live film (set in 1:87 scale) that has been shown in over thirty cities between Tokyo and Montreal. Kaegi has toured across Europe and Asia for over three years with two Bulgarian lorry drivers and a truck which was converted into a mobile audience room (“Cargo Sofia”). In 2008, he developed “Radio Muezzin” in Cairo – a project about the call to prayer in this age of technical reproduction, and in 2011, “Bodenprobe Kasachstan” about migration and oil in central Asia. His recent works include “Call Cutta in a Box”, a one-to-one telephone performance that takes place live from a call centre in India, “Hauptversammlung” (“Annual General Meeting”), a parasitic intervention at Daimler’s shareholders' meeting, the multi-player-on-stage-game “Best Before” (Vancouver 2010), the video-walk “Outdoors” (National Theatre of Wales 2011), various personalized versions of “100% City” (in Vienna, London, Melbourne and many other cities in with 100 local citizens on stage) and “Lagos Business Angels” with Nigerian business people (Berlin 2012).
From 2006 to 2011 Kaegi was collaborating with Argentine writer and theatre director Lola Arias in São Paulo, Munich and Berlin, staging Brazilian police-officers and their biographies in living museums (Chacara Paraíso). “Airport Kids” followed in 2008; featuring 6 to 13-year-old global nomads based in Lausanne, the performance toured to Avignon and 12 more European cities. Together they curated Ciudades Paralelas (parallel cities) a portable festival for urban interventions.
Awarded the Routes Prize for Cultural Diversity in 2010 by European Cultural Foundation, Kaegi went on to curate the "idiom"-section of "Malta" Festival Póznan.
Kaegi is now on tour with "Remote X", a modular site specific audio tour for hordes of 50 listeners.
Kaegi has been co-producing works with Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel since 2002, under the label “Rimini Protokoll”.
Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel have been working as a team since 2000. They work in the area of theater, a team of author-directors. Their work in the realm of theater, sound and radio plays, film, installation emerge in constellations of two or three and solo as well. Since 2002, all their works have been written collectively under the label Rimini Protokoll. At the focus of their work is the continuous development of the tools of the theater to allow for unusual perspectives on our reality.
For example, Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel have declared a Daimler Shareholder Meeting to be a piece of theater or staged 100% Stadt (100% City) with 100 statistically representative residents of cities like Berlin, Zurich, London, Melbourne, Copenhagen, or San Diego. In Berlin and Dresden, they developed accessible Stasi installations/sound plays in which the observation protocols could be listened to on android telephones. At the moment, they are touring with Nigerian-European business people (Lagos Business Angels), the paraplegic MC Hallwachs (Qualitätskontrolle, by Haug and Wetzel), or setting cities to music for hordes of spectators with 50 headphones (Remote X, by Kaegi).
They have been awarded the NRW Impulse Preis for Shooting Bourbaki (2003), Deadline (2004), Wallenstein – eine dokumentarische Inszenierung (2006) and Situation Rooms (2014) were invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen. Schwarzenbergplatz was nominated for the Austrian theater prize Nestroy in 2005. Mnemopark and Karl Marx: Das Kapital were awarded the Jury Prize at the festival “Politik im freien Theater” in Berlin in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Erster Band won both the audience prize at Festival Stücke 2007and the Mülheimer Dramatiker Preis that same year.
In November 2007, they were awarded a special prize at the Deutscher Theaterpreis Der Faust. In April 2008, they were awarded the European Theatre Prize for the category “New Realities”. In 2008, they were awarded the Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden for Karl Marx: Das Kapital, Erster Band (Peymannbeschimpfung was also nominated).
Rimini Protokoll was awarded the Faust Theatre Prize in 2007, the European Prize for New Theatre Forms in 2008 and in 2011 the silver lion of the Biennale for Performing Arts in Venice. The multi-player video-installation "Situation Rooms" about the weapon-industry received the Excellence Award of the 17th Japan Media Festival.
Rimini Protokoll is based at Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, since 2003.
Established in 1998, On & On Theatre Workshop is a professional theatre company supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Focusing on contemporary theatre and cultural development, On & On has endeavored to explore independent space for innovative creations.
Having built a strong volume of work since its establishment, On & On, since 2012, has focused on a three-year holistic theatre project - Contemporary Writing for Theatre. As a sustainable theatre exploration platform, it is a project that combines annual theatre festival, script translation and research, online archive, and international conference. It endeavours to introduce contemporary European writing to Hong Kong, and to encourage local new works. From 2015 onwards, the campaign enters its second phrase, focusing on grooming local contemporary new works.
On & On is also keen on international exchange. Over the years, oversea art groups were invited to Hong Kong to embark on more international exchange projects. Visiting theatre groups included M.O.V.E Theatre, Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group, and Möbius strip Theatre from Taiwan; Liminal Theatre from Australia, Gardzienice from Poland, Pappa TARAHUMARA from Japan, etc. Apart from productions staged at Cattle Depot Theatre, the Company has been presented by arts festivals and other public venues both locally and internationally, such as International Arts Carnival, Hong Kong Art Festival, Tribute to the 10th Anniversary of Handover, New Vision Arts Festival, Taipei Innovation Series, etc.
Vee Leong is a writer-director in Hong Kong, and actively engages herself in cross-media and cross-cultural collaboration. Active in the wider Chinese theatre network spanning Beijing to Taipei, her work has also been seen in the UK. Dedicated to the research and practice of contemporary theatre making and new European writing, she is known for investigating socially loaded topics in an independent spirit.
Twice nominated for Best Director, Hong Kong Theatre Libre Awards (Caryl Churchill’s “Far Away”; Martin Crimp’s “The City”), she won the accolade for the latter in 2014. Her original play, “Who Killed the Elephant”(2012) toured Hong Kong, Taipei, mainland China (awarded "Best Performance 2012" by Guling St. Theatre, Taipei). It was invited for an English and also a Mandarin remount in Cardiff and Taipei respectively.
Vee has been commissioned by Taipei Huashan Living Arts Festival and HK Arts Festival, in collaboration with Mobius Strip Theatre (Taipei) and Paper Tiger Theatre Studio (Beijing) respectively. “Zoo as Metaphor” (2014) is her latest attempt of cross-disciplinary making in the white-cube environment at the pristine heritage site, Oil Street Arts Space.