GROUP 50:50 (Basel/Berlin/Lubumbashi) / Artists in Residence
// GROUP50:50 is nominated in the category "Genrespringer" for Deutscher Theaterpreis DER FAUST 2023.

At the UN Climate Change Conference 2022, the three largest rainforest states on earth agreed on a climate partnership. Shortly thereafter, the Congolese president published a law that officially recognizes and protects the rights of the autochthonous peoples in the DR Congo. But how will this law now be implemented? So far, the Mbuti, the largest indigenous people in the rainforest of the Congo Basin, have hardly raised their voice at the international level. GROUP50:50 travels to Haut-Uele Province to visit the Mbuti community it met while researching its last production, "The Ghosts Are Returning" (euro-scene 2022). With climate activists and members of the Mbuti community, they present a series of performances, concerts, screenings and conversations about a complex ecosystem that is slowly coming apart at the seams, about care and loss, about what we have inherited from previous generations and what we will leave to future ones.

GROUP50:50, a collective from Congo, Switzerland and Germany, has developed a post-documentary form of music theater based on extensive documentary research on economic and political transnational interconnections, working to transform them through music, performance, conversations and political interventions.
On the occasion of the opening of the Jazzfest Leipzig, Group50:50 will play an "Ecosystem Special Concert" at the Residenz on 14 October from 11 pm. Under the motto "How to prepare mind and body for a rapid system change" GROUP50:50 & special guests invite you to the aftershow. Live rave de Nganda.
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Premiere on 07.10.2023

Dates Schauspiel Leipzig Bosestraße 1, 04109 Leipzig
Sat, 07.10. 20:00
Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig Bosestraße 1, 04109 Leipzig
Sun, 08.10. 20:00
Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig Bosestraße 1, 04109 Leipzig
Tue, 10.10. 20:00
Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig Bosestraße 1, 04109 Leipzig
Wed, 11.10. 20:00
Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig Bosestraße 1, 04109 Leipzig
Fri, 13.10. 20:00
for the last time!


Artistic Director: Eva-Maria Bertschy, Joseph Kasau, Kojack Kossakamvwe, Elia Rediger
Musical direction: Kojack Kossakamvwe, Elia Rediger
Text: Eva-Maria Bertschy, Jean-Baptiste Ekaka, Joseph Kasau, Ruth Kemna, Patrick Mudekereza
Video: Joseph Kasau, Moritz von Dungern
Performance: Jean-Baptiste Ekaka, Stany Kalanda, Kojack Kossakamvwe, Elia Rediger, Huguette Tolinga
Performance (Video): Ruth Kemna, Gérard Agbokabolo Amboko, Jean Kamana, Papa Delolai, Christophe Anzalite Amboko, Dauphin Kakuaguwe Wendokono, Maman Antoinette, Constant Delite et Sengele Charles, Pigo Amboko Patrice
Music (Video): Michel Basekombonane, Jean-Maria Nangondese, Rose Ongane, Jean-Paul Ingbitina, Col-lethe Bombini, Jules Amboko, Jacques Modo, Mambunga Basekombonane, Awilikilango, Adeline Baboanane, Julberthe Bibedu, Paulin Banyandey, Françoise Iday, Clementine Nengapeta, Micheline Iday, Jean-Pierre Bambabeya, Philiphe Bozi Marie, Nangaa Charline, Michel Thomo, Marie Akemande, There-se Monikomange, Bambanaye Abuty, Ndandambajaye, Jean-Pierre Monzabete, Anyabukiyuo, Jean-Pierre Bambakoanza, Adwakanakeya, Anthoinethe Abinya Kalite, Agbokabulo Mavambu, Jean-Marie Akemane, Raymond Kakeane, Clementhine Natho, Adwakanakeya Jedeo
Costume design: Cédrick Nzolo, Janine Werthmann
Technical management and lighting design: Sylvain Faye
Stage design: Elia Rediger, Sylvain Faye
Sounddesign: Philipp Ruoff
Production: Camille Jamet, HERProductions, Isaac Yenga
Recherche: Jean de Dieu Aybeka
Directing assistent: Anna Melissa Zentgraf
Volonteering: Fy Notahiana Harinofy Ramsoron
PR and Social Media: Johannes Fellmann, Leonie Soltys, Fellow Publishing
Special thanks to: Alex Hasslieb, Prof. Alphonse Maindo

A production of GROUP50:50, in co-production with Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, Kaserne Basel und Centre d’Art Waza Lubumbashi

With the financial support of: Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater Basel-Stadt / Basel-Landschaft, Pro Helvetia, Südkulturfonds, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Corymbo Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, GEA Waldviertler, Stiftung Wolf