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Malaria – On the (ideological) history of a disease and its eradication
Gin tonic and impregnated mosquito nets, genetically modified mosquitoes or a new type of sandal: the mission to eradicate malaria is as old as colonialism. Nevertheless, up to one million people die every year from the consequences of a mosquito bite. Inspired by discussions about disease, faith and medicine, Fear + Fever is investigating the unequal world of malaria in a theatre science lab. Behind the deceptive safety of the mosquito net, clinical studies oscillate with historical reenactments, scientific choreographies and TED talks. The audience is confronted with the conflicting politics of malaria research and treatment: after being infected, how would you like to be cured, by the latest drug from Switzerland, Chinese herbal tea or a traditional Tanzanian healing ritual? Would you rather wear mosquito-repellent sandals, drink gin and tonics or eradicate malaria with genetically modified mosquitoes? Two performers navigate through the economies of science and the WHO and comment on the millennium race between malaria pathogens, humans and mosquitoes. Is the end in sight or will we have to learn to live with malaria again in Europe?
Flinn Works transforms documentary and personal material to a multiperspective and emotional theatre experience, with a commitment to post-colonial and feminist topics and in-depth research. Among their recents works presented at Sophiensæle are Kosa la Vita - Kriegsverbrechen (2018) and Global Belly (2017).
Asedeva (Art for Social and Economic Development in Africa) is an NGO in Dar es Salaam that supports the creative analysis of Tanzanian social issues in the field of the performing arts.
DIRECTOR Sophia Stepf ChoreograPHY, Performance Isack Peter Abeneko Performance Konradin Kunze Sounddesign Andi OttoVideodesign Jürgen Salzmann Technical DirectORGijs Wisse Scientific advice Caroline Meier zu Biesen Company management Helena Tsiflidis Assistant Director Alice Harrison INTERN Eric Ndikumana
A production by Flinn Works and Asedeva in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE and in co-production with Theater Tuchlaube Aarau. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, by the Performing Arts Fund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Ilse and Dr. Horst Rusch Foundation, the Gerhard Fieseler Foundation, the Vijana Vipaji Foundation, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Cultural Office of the City of Kassel. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung