30 August – 5 September 2016
Eight tonnes of rice made this a substantial version of the show and the setting of a beautiful gymnaisum provided a lovely setting, it’s smooth cushioned floor marked out in lines for various sports made this a fun place to set up the show and during the daytime sunlight flooded in highlighting different elements of the show.
The festival had arranged a busy workshop program which meant lots of young people got to experience the show and play with its ideas.
The show had over a thousand visitors and the context of Basel and Switzerland proved a rich set of themes to explore.
Highlights: The festival atmosphere, a great opening, swimming in the Rhein and the beautiful location
Lowlights: Sitting eating outside opposite the venue after a long hard get in day and seeing four fire engines pull lights flashing and sirens wailing. To our relief a single firefighter with a fire extinguisher seemed to be able to sort out a small problem in the boxing gym downstairs with no damage done.
Performers: Lea Agnetti, Gerard Bell, J.J.Loew,
Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose and Craig Stephens
with: Eve Yarker
Concept and get in help: James Yarker
Soundscape: Jon Ward
Research and production management: Craig Stephens
Executive Producer: Roisin Caffrey
Administrator: Jessie Coller
Workshops coordinated by: Nico Grüninger
Commissioned by: Theaterfestival Basel
Special thanks to: Carena Schiewitt and everyone at the festival.
The Basel Statistics Institute for their help.
The gymnasium people, for letting us fill it with rice.