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

On the occasion of the opening of the 47th Leipziger Jazztage, Group50:50 will play an "Ecosystem Special Concert" at the Residenz on 14.10. from 23:00. 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.

A performance in German, French, Lingala, Swahili and Kibudu. Subtitles in German.


Jean-Baptiste Ekaka, Stany Kalanda, Kojack Kossakamvwe, Elia Rediger, Huguette Tolinga


Artistic Director: Eva-Maria Bertschy, Joseph Kasau, Kojack Kossakamvwe, Elia Rediger
Composition & Musical direction: Kojack Kossakamvwe, Elia Rediger
Text: Eva-Maria Bertschy, Jean-Baptiste Ekaka, Joseph Kasau, Patrick Mudekereza, Elia Rediger
Video: Joseph Kasau, Moritz von Dungern
Performance (Video): Ruth Kemna, Gérard Agbokabolo Amboko, Jean Kamana, Papa Delolai, Christophe Anzalite Amboko, Dauphin Kakuaguwe Wendokono, Maman Antoinette, Constant Delite, Sengele Charles, Michel Basekombonane, Jean-Maria Nangondese, Rose Ongane, Jean-Paul Ingbitina, Collethe 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, Therese 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, Souleymane Diallo, Janine Werthmann
Technical management and lighting design: Sylvain Faye
Stage design: Elia Rediger, Sylvain Faye
Sounddesign: Elia Rediger, Philipp Ruoff
Acting training: Emmanuel-Egide Elbas Manuana Ndosi
Production: Camille Jamet, HERProductions, Isaac Yenga
Recherche: Jean de Dieu Aybeka
Directing assistent: Anna Melissa Zentgraf
Volonteering: Fy Notahiana Harinofy Ramaroson
PR and Social Media: Johannes Fellmann, Leonie Soltys, Fellow Publishing

A production of GROUP50:50, in co-production with Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, Kaserne Basel und Centre d’Art Waza Lubumbashi, in cooperation with Caritas Wamba, the communities of Bagoia and Asandabo.

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

Many thanks to: Alex Hasslieb, Olivier Maloba Banza, Chasper Sarott, Patrick Saidi and Prof. Alphonse