“Argentina, Argentina – that’s where the Maradona comes from!”
That is what the German Jewess Johanna heard when she was in Europe for the first time fifty years after her escape. As popular as Maradona is, the hundreds of thousands of Europeans who found refuge there from the dictatorships and poverty of the last century seem forgotten.
The others must flee. That is the current European perception.
CapriConnection and the author Anne Jelena Schulte travelled to Argentina to take a different perspective. In poetically condensed texts they tell of Europeans who climbed on overcrowded ships to save their lives and found their first accommodation in the “Hotel of the Immigrants” in Buenos Aires. A performer and three musicians from Argentina, Austria and Switzerland lift these stories into a timeless sound space.
In the second part of the evening the stage belongs to the artist Pedro Roth. He also came to Argentina from Europe as a teenager. Since then he has developed utopias for the future, including a whale ship on which people are declared works of art. Thus the journey to any country is open to them, if there is only one museum or gallery that offers an invitation…
The guest performance is supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council and the City of Zurich.
Idea: Anne Jelena Schulte
Concept: Anne Jelena Schulte, CapriConnection (Abelein|Thank you|Mahler), Tebbe Schöningh
Project development: Entire team
Author: Anne Jelena Schulte
Direction: Anna-Sophie Mahler
Production Management: Christiane Dankbar
Performer: Susanne Abelein
Accordion: Jonas Kocher
Trumpet: Leonel Kaplan
Computer/Electronics: Christof Kurzmann
Pedro Roth/Estrella del Oriente:
Visuals: Tebbe Schöningh
Space : Sophie Krayer
Costumes: Nic Tillein
Sound: Marcel Babazadeh
Technical management / lighting design: Benny Hauser
In co-production with
With friendly support
City of Zurich Culture, Canton of Zurich Culture Office, Dance and Theater Committee BS/BL, Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Georg and Bertha Schwyzer-Winiker Foundation
Performing rights: Suhrkamp Verlag Berlin