Ant Hampton/Rita Pauls
Mund-Stück (Mouth Piece)
“What do you feel needs to be said?” – As British performance artist Ant Hampton and Argentinian writer and actress Rita Pauls hitch-hiked randomly across Germany, they asked the people, who picked them up this questions. Neither Hampton or Pauls speak or understand German but they recorded the answers in order to later memorize them and in doing so learn and assimilate more of the country and the German language. Pauls has a German passport via her great-grandparents, Berliners fleeing Nazism in the 1930’s. Hampton is in the process of acquiring German citizenship, not least of all because of Brexit. In “Mouth Piece”, the two of them reproduce the answers that people gave them verbatim, synchronously, with all the pauses to catch one’s breath or sort out thoughts, the sound of the voices and the accents. The result is a reflection of a society’s voices and moods, often funny, sometimes a bit shocking.
Concept, performance: Ant Hampton, Rita Pauls
Production management: Livia Andrea Piazza
Transcription, translation: Britt Hatzius, Anna Galt
A co-production of Schauspiel Leipzig, Theater Rampe Stuttgart, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, NFT – Netzwerk freier Theater.
The festival „Unfuck my future. How to live together in Europe” is funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media of Germany as well as the Federal Agency for Civic Education.