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Recording: 2018-05-27 , Ballhaus Ost (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Costa Compagnie

Empire of Oil Part 3 – An Infinite Ending

Ballhaus Ost

Production Details / Press Releases

The Costa Compagnie researched with a 360°-camera in Norway and Iraq and now presents, as the conclusion of their trilogy around the globally crucial topic of oil, all three parts together in a row: An immersive 360°-documentary (part 1), a medially dense text-performance (part 2) and a profound choreography (part 3), accompanied by a virtual-reality-installation. Does the powerful resource entail the potential for a social welfare utopia like Norway or does it lead to a never-ending war, as in Iraq? Are there certain aesthetics to the oil-rich underground – the hidden? And will we survive the oil-age? The artist group leads the visitors through the complementary parts and media and creates an extraordinary art experience between abstraction and documentation. The first, cinematic part A Research in 360° passes the word to the interview partners onsite and investigates the connection between the global economy, climate change and conflict in a unique, cyclorama video space, displaying footage from Stavanger, Bergen, Erbil, Kirkuk and Mosul. The second, performative-analytical and musical part The Underground Frontier moves into a sensory medial reflection of the opposing countries and ends with a imaginary trip with the visitors. In the third part An Infinite Ending two dancers enter the cyclorama stage and, in a borderless choreographic work about speed, search for an ending.

The Berlin and Hamburg based Costa Compagnie was founded by Felix Meyer-Christian in 2009 as an open collaboration of interdisciplinary working emerging artists. The latest works combine documentary, performative and choreographic methods with an essayistic, multi-perspective narrative. The group pursues their concept of an Archeology of the Present and the focus of several works has been global transformational processes and the human within. Costa Compagnie thus conducts interviews, writes texts and collects audio- and video-footage on-site, such as in Afghanistan, the USA, Iraq, Russia, Fukushima/Japan, Norway and the Lebanon.


TFB Nr. 1184

Cast & Credits

Artistic Director, Research, Text, camera, VR: Felix Meyer-Christian
Choreography, video: Jascha Viehstädt
Performance, Dance: Julia B. Laperrière, Lea Martini
Voice-Over: Hauke Heumann, Felix Meyer-Christian, Maria Walser
Vocals: Inger Lindsjørn Nordvik
Buzuq: Mevan Younes
Stage and costume design: Zahava Rodrigo, Nicole Nowak
Projection mapping, VR, Video: Erik Kundt
Composition, Sound art: Marcus Thomas
Dramaturgy: Caroline Erdmann
Camera: Stefan Haehnel
Fixer Iraq: Repak Dawdi, Hana Quader
Video: Michail Rybakov
Video support: René Liebert
Video cutter: Ana Catalá,Timothy Justin Lalonde, Stéphanie Morin, Miguel Murrieta Vásquez, Karo Serafin
Graphic design: Fanny Wühr
Dramaturgy assistant: Lena Mallmann
Production assistant: Nicole Nowak
Support: Doaa Ahmed

A Costa Compagnie production in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost.
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, cross-disciplinary funding.
With friendly support of Goethe Institute Iraq, Liaison Office Erbil and Optoma Deutschland.
VR-installation in cooperation with INVR.SPACE Berlin.

Ballhaus Ost

Pappelallee 15
D-10437 Berlin

Ticktes: (030) 440 391 68

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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