Foto: Erich Pohl
Brides & Cooks (WT)
Creation: Polymer DMT Team
Artistic direction: Fang Yun Lo
Co-directed by: Ngô Thanh Phương
Stage: Cheng Ting Chen
Music/Sound: Patrik Zosso
Video: Andrés Hilarión
Assistance: Duc Vu Manh
Dramaturgy: André Schallenberg
Production management: Sabina Stücker
Administration TW: Ya Ting Tsai
Around the world, millions of people are emigrating to other countries to work - often giving up their identity, their roots, their freedom for a meager wage. This global labor migration is one of the biggest and most invisible problems of our time. We explore this topic using the example of Vietnamese emigrants in Taiwan and Germany. The times and experiences collide - young, hopeful people of today, as well as illegal immigrants or former GDR contract workers, have their say.
It is based on interviews and discussions with different people in both countries. Their very different stories tell about the global dimension of migration and intercultural problems but at the same time report on the complex history of a divided German state as well as Taiwan struggling for its own identity as an industrialized country.
"Brides&Cooks" is part 2 of a choreographic series on identity and plurality and will be realized in cooperation with German, Taiwanese and Vietnamese partners in 2020.
Partner Research: Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Brides Office Taoyuan/TW, DOMiD - Documentation Centre and Museum on Migration in Germany e.V. Cologne/DE, TU Dresden / Centre for Integration Studies (Rico Großer)
Funding research: Goethe Institut Taipei/TW, Ministry of Culture and Science of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, North Rhine-Westphalia State Bureau for the Independent Performing Arts
Co-production: PACT Zollverein Essen/DE, Cloud Gate Theater Taipei/TW, HELLERAU Dresden/DE
Project funding: Ministry of Culture and Science of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (concept funding), Cultural Foundation of the Federal State of Saxony KdFS, National Culture and Art Foundation Taiwan NCAF, Art Foundation NRW, Goethe Institute Taipei/TW, City of Dresden (Office for Culture and Heritage Protection), City of Essen (Culture Office)