Cocooning /kəˈkuːnɪŋ/


COCOONING /kəˈkuːnɪŋ/

a film by backsteinhaus produktion

Join the premiere party live on RADIO RAMPE on June 6, 2020 from 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. with DJane Tamara Wirth and Live-Chat

Nicki Liszta, Heiko Giering, Isabelle Von Gatterburg, Tobias Tönjes, Christopher Bühler, Annatina Huwiler, Chloé Beillevaire, Steven Chotard, David Ledger, Andreia Rodrigues, Ferdinand Roscher, Monika Roscher

special thanks to the original team:
Martina Grohmann (dramaturgy theater Rampe), Anja Sackarendt (dramaturgy Theater Lübeck), Laura Dreyer (stage assitance) and the technic team of Theater Rampe

special thanks for spontanious help to Clara Paulau y Herrero for building Cocoons, Florence Carron, Jean-Marie Beillevaire, Barbara Hackenjos, Myron McAdory, Famillie Ledger, Anne Reijniers, Griet Pauwels, Jochem Baelus, Miroslav Kochanek for help with filming, Timo Kleinemeier for sound and set design in the different countries during the lockdown.

In the theatre film ▶ Pandemie – a revenant the virus leads a female doctor and patients through the extensive labyrinth of the stage rooms of the HOUSE OF ANTIBODIES. In common quarantine they indulge in all the phases of the examination, diagnosis, education, treatment and corresponding interactions. From mutual infection, immunisation, endangerment and healing the model acrrues a hardheaded, resistant and proud community.

In COCOONING / kəˈkuːnɪŋ / (dance film), the virus brings its sweet gift to the basement, where until then a kidney is doing lonely heavy work. In the bathroom, the exhausted lungs are just struggling for air and in the living area a uterus is always ready to receive. The heart beats everywhere and sets the swelling rhythm of a resuscitation. From room to room and organ to organ, the virus opens doors and circulation.

The HOUSE OF ANTIBODIES initially was planned as a live performance on five simultaneous stages for a a circulating audience. Due to the intrusion of a virus and the outbreak of a pandemic, this concept could not be implemented. Rather, it was imperative for everyone to stay at home and so the participants communicated online. Under influence of the applicable hygiene standards, dancers*, actors* and musicians* rehearsed in their apartments in Stuttgart, Antwerp, Richmond, Marseille, Berlin, Weinstadt, Munich and Hamburg as well as in the Theater Rampe. With their mobile phones, partly with the support of their respective domestic communities, they shot many scenes themselves. This is how the virtual HOUSE OF ANTIBODIES came into being.

Funded by the Doppelpass Fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation, by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg and through the Foundation of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.