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The Martin E. Segal Theater Center presents

Temple du présent - solo for an octopus

At the Segal Theatre Film and Performance Festival 2024

A film by

Stefan Kaegi/Judith Zagury/Nathalie Küttel, film by Bruno Deville and Bastien Genoux




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About The Film

How can we understand an animal whose intelligence is radically different from our own? How can we create a relationship with nature without appropriating it? And who is watching whom? In “Temple du présent”, an octopus becomes the performance’s protagonist. After a short serious of performances in Lausanne, the encounter turned into a film.

Concept und direction: Stefan Kaegi In collaboration with: one octopus, Judith Zagury and Nathalie Küttel (ShanjuLab) Scientific consultation: Prof. Graziano Fiorito (Dept. of Biology and Marine Organisms, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples), Marcel Gyger Dramaturgy:  Katja Hagedorn Music: Stéphane Vecchione Technics and equipment: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne Light: Pierre Nicolas Moulin Video: Oliver Vuillamy Producer: Anouk Luthier Video-documentation: Bruno Deville and Bastien Genoux. Production: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, ShanjuLab Gimel (Laboratoire de recherche théâtrale sur la présence animale), République Éphémère *et Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Genève Coproduction: Berliner Festspiele, Centre Pompidou – Paris, Rimini Apparat

About The Artist(s)

Stefan Kaegi/Judith Zagury/Nathalie Küttel, film by Bruno Deville and Bastien Genoux

Stefan Kaegi stages documentary plays, radio plays, nomadic concepts and projects in urban or natural space in a wide variety of constellations, in which animals or even the audience themselves often play a central role. With Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel, Stefan Kaegi works under the Rimini Protokoll label which received, among others, the Silver Lion for Theater at the Venice Biennale in 2011. For around ten years, Rimini Protokoll has for example staged the tetralogy State 1-4 on the phenomena of post-democracy, the simulation of a Conférence mondiale sur le climat at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the installation of jellyfish (win<>win) for museums and the promenade in the urban space Utopolis created at the Manchester festival and adapted for Lausanne in 2022. Stefan Kaegi has collaborated regularly with Caroline Barneaud for 15 years, notably on the shows Nachlass (2016), Société en Chantier (2019), Temple du present, solo for octopus (2020), Utopolis Lausanne (2022) and Paysages partagés (2023). In 2024, he creates Ceci n'est pas une ambassade (Made in Taiwan).

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