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BALAGAN!!!!

November 11th - December 21st, 2015 / Contemporary Art from Russia and Beyond presented in Berlin by MOMENTUM & NORDWIND Festival

WHAT IS BALAGAN!!!?

An unholy cockup.
A magnificent orgy.
An impossible dream, Schlaraffenland, Lubberland, land of milk and honey, рай земной.
The visions and nightmares of charlatans and politicians.
The silent majority.
The manipulative minority.
THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
A fairground booth or puppet show.
Commedia dell’Arte (strolling players, jugglers, clowns, pierrots, tricksters, young lovers, kissing and sobbing in the light of the moon).
BEAUTY
Polichinelle, Kasper, Punch (and Judy), Karagöz, Petrushka, Grand Guignol.
Bread. Circuses.
VIOLENCE
Ghosts of history.
Chickens without heads. People the same.
Stupid, shitty wars….
GREED
Cash king, values broken.
Poverty grows fat, bodies implode with hunger.
Icecaps melt….
Clocks turn backwards.
SNAFU
(Situation Normal All Fucked Up).
Untrammelled, unaccountable power in a world gone mad….

Two bald men fighting over a comb….

HORROR – SARDONIC LAUGHTER

BALAGAN!!!

– David Elliott

 

ORGANIZERS

 

MOMENTUM & NORDWIND Festival
Artistic Director: Ricarda Ciontos (Founding Director, NORDWIND)
Curators: David Elliott (Chairman, MOMENTUM), Jens Dietrich
Produced By: Rachel Rits-Volloch (Founding Director, MOMENTUM)

 

 

ABOUT NORDWIND FESTIVAL

 

NORDWIND is the interdisciplinary platform for the Nor- dic arts and culture and acts as a network, co-producer and discoverer. NORDWIND’s aim is to raise the profile of Nordic and Baltic artists, theatre and culture-makers in Germany and to introduce them to an international audience, to embrace and share new artistic impulses as well as to promote a European-wide exchange be- tween Germany and the Nordic and Baltic countries.

NORDWIND was founded as a biennial festival in 2006 and has continuously grown both structurally and financially. After primarily presenting itself as a discovery platform for the performing arts from the Nordic countries in past years, NORDWIND is now becoming more involved as co-producer, initiator and promoter. Independently of the festival, NORDWIND wants to act more and more as a partner and platform, to strengthen the network and to initiate a strong international exchange. The NORDWIND Festival, which will continue to take place every two years, will present the results of the platform and document the richness and innovativeness of the Nordic arts and culture.

 

 

PARTNERS

 

Kulturstiftung des Bundes // Hamburger Bahnhof // Max Liebermann Haus, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor // Kampnagel Hamburg // Hellerau Zentrum der Europäischen Künste // Volksbühne Berlin // Hebbel am Ufer Berlin // Sophiensaele Berlin // National Center of Contemporary Art (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhnii Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Vladikavkaz, Tomsk)

 

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