Nyhavn 16z  1051 Kbh k

»Canada«

En visuel musikperformance om drømmelandet
7. - 10. juni 2022
Tirs. d.7. juni 20.00 AFTERTALK
Ons. d.8. juni 18.00
Tors.d.9. juni 18.00
Fre. d.10. juni 14.00

Gæstespil med Livingstones Kabinet

Forestillingen er udvalgt til de internationale dage under CPH STAGE.

Played in english during CPH Stage - dansih text further down.

 

Music-theatre ensemble LIVINGSTONES KABINET present CANADA, a darkly comic music performance about a family’s past, a child’s plans to flee the country, an inherited trauma, the absurdity of racism, the drawing of false conclusions and the basic human wish to live a life of peace and safety; a wish which no one can take for granted.

 

AFTERTALK the 7th of June

After the performance CANADA, there will be a talk with director Nina Kareis and psychotherapist Judith Beermann Zeligson about inherited trauma. CANADA is based on Nina Kareis’ personal story, as told from the point of view of a child via a magical-realist collage of memories, where we experience the effects of World War II on a family in 1970s Denmark. Judith Beermann Zeligson works with inherited trauma and refugees.
This event is in English.

TICKET INFO: Free with a ticket for the performance.

 

A memory emerges from the darkness. On Bådteatret’s small stage we hear a female narrators voice as she shares an outpouring of recollections. Bathed in an immersive sound environment and live music, the voice guides us through a powerfully visual performance in the style of a graphic novel.

 

This is the jumping-off point for the music performance CANADA, which draws parallels between the personal and the political, and the historical and the contemporary.

 

On a personal level, CANADA is the story of Nina Kareis’ family: of her mother, Brigitta, who, as a child in the aftermath of World War II, was evacuated to Denmark from Vienna by the Red Cross as a “Wienerbarn”, subsequently returning to Denmark as an adult, meeting and marrying a Danish man and having a child. This is also the story of Nina’s maternal grandfather who, according to the Nazi’s anti-semitic “Nüremberg Laws” of 1935, should not have been interned, but who wound up in a concentration camp anyway. And this is the story of an inherited trauma which Nina’s mother bore with her to Denmark.

 

Nina Kareis’ childhood was spent in Århus in the ‘70s with her Austrian-Jewish single mother. This was a time when the first Turkish “fremmearbejdere” (“foreign workers”) came to Denmark. As a child, Nina could already see that in the spiralling tone of racism in Denmark at that time there lay the seeds of a repeat of the horror tales of wartime Austria in the ‘30s and ‘40s on which she had grown up. She therefore began to make plans for her escape.

 

These plans involved fleeing to a country far away from Europe. A land of dreams. “The Land of Milk and Honey” – CANADA

 

In CANADA, Nina’s childhood thoughts from the ‘70s and her dreams of escape are placed in the context of an implied present-day narrative. This is a time in which such dreams, and the circumstances which lead to them are, once again, uncomfortably commonplace; a society where strangers and people in desperate need are not always welcomed with open arms.


Onstage: Pete Livingstone, Amia Miang and Bo Carlsson
Director/Recorded speaks: Nina Kareis
Set Design: Johan Kølkjær – nominated for Reumert Prize 2021 and winner of Danish Arts Council Stage Arts Award 2019

Composer/Musician: Pete Livingstone
Text: Pete Livingstone and Nina Kareis
Sound Design: Erik Christofferson
Lighting Design: Martin Danielsen Barnung
Dramaturgical Consultant: Jörn Burmester Wium
 

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Musikteaterensemblet LIVINGSTONES KABINET dykker i deres kommende forestilling ned i familiehistorier og barnlige flugtplaner, nedarvede traumer, absurd racisme, fejl-konklusioner, og den almenmenneskelige længsel efter et liv i fred og sikkerhed, som langt fra er alle forundt.
CANADA får urpremiere på Bådteatret i København den 20. januar 2020.

 

På det personlige plan er CANADA historien om Nina Kareis’ families fortælling: Om Ninas mor, Birgitta, der som barn efter 2.verdenskrigs afslutning kom med de hvide busser fra Wien på ophold i Danmark, og som voksen tog tilbage til Danmark, mødte en dansk mand, blev gift og fik et barn. Det er historien om Ninas morfar, der ifølge nazisternes anti-jødiske ’Nürnberglovene’ fra 1935 ikke skulle interneres, men som alligevel endte i koncentrationslejr. Og det er historien om de nedarvede traumer, Ninas mor bragte med sig til Danmark.


Nina Kareis er opvokset i Århus i 70’erne med en enlig mor, der var østriger og jødisk. Hun voksede op i den periode, da de første tyrkiske ’fremmedarbejdere’ kom til Danmark. For barnet Nina var der ikke et stort spring fra de spirende toner af begyndende racisme i Danmark til de krigshistorier fra 1930’erne og 40’ernes Østrig, hun havde hørt om gennem sin opvækst, og derfor begyndte hun at lægge flugtplaner.
Planer, der handlede om at flygte til et land langt væk fra Europa. Et drømmeland, ‘The Land of Milk and Honey’ - CANADA.


CANADA er en visuel musikperformance-installation om drømmen om det ideelle gæstfrie samfund, hvor der er sikkerhed, fred og frihed for alle. I krydsfeltet mellem det personlige og det storpolitiske, det historiske og det samtidige, er dette en forestilling om generationers påvirkning af flugt og krig, om overlevelse, om angsten for fremmedhad – og om drømmelandet CANADA.

 

Medvirkende: Pete Livingstone, Amia Miang og Bo Carlsson
Fortællerstemme: Nina Kareis
Scenografi: Johan Kølkjær
Lyddesign: Erik Christoffersen

Lysdesign: Martin Danielsen

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