Theater performance and artist talk

• 11​ 09​ 2015 •
Directed by Georg Blokus Alevtina Kakhidze - Phone Calls from the Cemetery and Other Stories

An event in the frame of PLURIVERSALE III.

Performers: Frank Geier, Dorina Leukhardt and Anna Muth

19:00

Venue: Sankt Gertrud Church, Krefelder Straße 57, 50670 Cologne
Free admission

21:00 Extra event: Artist talk with ALEVTINA KAKHIDZE and EKATERINA DEGOT
Venue: Academyspace, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne
Free Entrance

Alevtina Kakhidze’s mother lives in Zhdanovka, a small town in the northeast of Donetsk that has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the war. She rarely leaves the basement; communal services have collapsed, and the only place that still has cell phone coverage is the graveyard outside of town. It is from there that she calls her daughter. Kakhidze documents these conversations in transcripts she then performs: they tell of her mother’s unwillingness to leave her home, of the conflict’s impact upon everyday life, and how people react – either panicking or developing a strange nonchalance. Kakhidze complements these heart-rending exchanges with childlike drawings of the local topography, mapping the conflict’s impact upon a landscape familiar from a more or less peaceful childhood. The poignant name of her work supplies the title of the exhibition. In this premiere, the conversations themselves will be staged for the first time as a theatre performance by Cologne theater director Georg Blokus.