copy & waste puts up a concept store in the middle of Graz. The aim is not only to spotlight the topic of gentrification, but also to allow time travel so as to shape the city of tomorrow.
German and English language
Talk following the performance on Thu 15/10
The story should be familiar: in “Back to the Future Part II”, teenager Marty McFly travels into the future, ending up in the year 2015, where he not only comes across holograms, flying skateboards and his thirty-year-older self, even Hill Valley looks completely different as well. While the real 2015 is not quite as futuristic, cities have still changed dramatically. Some districts have been impoverished, others greatly enhanced as a result of gentrification – first come artists and studios, then students and feel-good cafés and finally high-earners and boutiques. A process that takes place in ever shorter periods of time.
copy & waste is putting up a concept store in the middle of Graz, too. At “Cupcakes & Time Travel” you can wine and dine during the day in a “Back to the Future” setting. When it gets dark, the store also offers time travel – like McFly, visitors can nip off into the past or into the future, as they choose: to prevent certain things from happening – or to make them happen. What do we have to change in the past or bring back to the present from the future to stop things from being the way they are? How would you change the district that is home to the concept store? What kind of city do we want anyway? And what will never change, no matter what we do?
By and with Jörg Albrecht, Daniel Brunet, Lisa Flachmeyer, Roman Hagenbrock, Steffen Klewar, Laura Landergott, Caspar Pichner & Daniel Sauermilch
Production ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro & UniT Graz
Produced by copy & waste
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, uniT Graz, English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr & North Europe/WestGermany
Supported by Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten & Konzeptionsförderung des Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. – aus Mitteln des Bundes
Dramaturgy Flori Gugger
Head of project management Dominik Jutz
Project management uniT Bettina Mitter
copy & waste (DE)
The theatre collective copy & waste has been working on the theme of 21st-century urban culture by means of performance, installation art and theatre since 2007. It was founded by Jörg Albrecht, author, and Steffen Klewar, director and actor. They are accompanied by other artists from the fields of space, video, music and acting/performance. copy & waste’s works have been shown at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, and Theaterhaus Jena, among other venues. From 2012 to 2014 they worked with Ringlokschuppen Ruhr on the dissolution of the Ruhr region. Works created in this context included the musical “Barbarellapark” and “54. Stadt”, a six-hour tour with other independent groups based on Albrecht’s fourth novel “Anarchie in Ruhrstadt”. In 2011 copy & waste appeared for the first time at steirischer herbst, showing “Die blauen Augen von Terence Hill”. Jörg Albrecht featured at the festival most recently in 2014 in cooperation with Gerhild Steinbuch (“You’re not the same, Batman!”).