ARCADIA

Une éxperience de terrain

2014

Cie trop cher to share invites you to a celebration of the Swiss national day in Chilean-Swiss style: in a mixture of live performance and video documentation the performers tell of their visit amongst the descendants of the Swiss settlers in the region Araucanía, Chile. They present the "Swiss Cultural Heritage" handed over to them by their compatriots in Chile and reflect the meaning of the german term “Heimat“ in a globalized world. In the end of the 19th century, many peasants fled from poverty and poor conditions in Switzerland to overseas, where they hoped for a better future. Having arrived in
Araucanía, they found themselves instead confronted with an inhospitable and alien nature and with the turmoil of territorial conflicts of the still young Chilean state. Without really knowing the country of their ancestors, the descendants of these Swiss settlers try to reconstruct a Swiss identity, which had been lost during the years far away from the mother country. In the footsteps of the longing for this
imaginary home, Cie trop cher to share shows in their performance Swiss dances, music and recipes from the other end of the world.

Performance: Paulina Alemparte Guerrero, Aldir Polymeris, Nina Willimann // Concept / Artistic Direction: Nina Willimann // Choreography: Nina Willimann, Paulina Alemparte, Aldir Polymeris, Jorge Hernández Villa // Video / Editing: Aldir Polymeris, Nina Willimann, Paulina Alemparte Guerrero // Light design: Pablo Weber Fernandez, Tonio Finkam Costumes: Elena Zapata, Nadine Bieri // Musical support: Noémie Wyss // Oeil éxterieur: Jessica Huber // Translation: Aldir Polymeris, Marina Skalova // Graphics: strukturart // Production: tropchertoshare // Coproduction: TPR La Chaux-de-Fonds, Südpol Lucerne // Supported by: City of Biel, Canton of Berne, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Migros Kulturprozent, SIS // Residencies: Dampfzentrale Berne, Südpol Lucerne, Residenz Tanz Leuk, TPR La Chaux-de-Fonds, Hotel Beau-Site Chemin-dessus // Special thanks: ADES Araucanía, Municipalidad deTraiguén / CL

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