Film screening, Music Theater / Opera, Public space / Austrian premiere


In russischer und englischer Sprache mit deutschen Untertiteln
Talk im Anschluss an die 3. Vorstellung


Production specifics

Koproduktion steirischer herbst, STUK / 30CC (Leuven), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel), Theater op de Markt / Zebracinema, Pact Zollverein (Essen), La Ferme du Buisson Noisiel, Festival a/d Werf (Utrecht), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, Alkantara (Lissabon) & TNBA (Bordeaux)

Mit Unterstützung durch VAF, Flemish Government & City of Antwerp

Kopräsentation NXTSTP, unterstützt durch das Kulturprogramm der Europäischen Union

One man knows the night-time underground better than all the streets on the surface, moves around tunnels and canals while others up there, in the light of a glamorous world of boulevards and palaces, chat proudly about their latest acquisitions and planned holidays. Military parades, smashed resistance, demonstrations of power, little encounters, sites off the beaten track. How can you describe Moscow? As a distant place we yearn to be? As a city where all roads still lead to the Kremlin? Where more millionaires live per square metre than anywhere else in the world? Where the mayor has participants in a gay parade beaten up? Where everything you touch is history? Where every cliché is confirmed and denied? Where you order vodka not by the glass but by the gram? Moscow: a circus?

The Belgian multimedia artist’s group Berlin, specialised in theatrical city portraits and billing at last year’s steirischer herbst with the cheerfully touching installation “Bonanza”, take their own idealised childhood memories of the visiting Moscow circus as the starting point for their research, and let cleaners, political activists, millionaires and acrobats

tell of their Moscow in a specially designed tent.

On six moving screens – accompanied live by a string quartet and a pianist – the naive view from outside becomes an inside view, a contradictory image, a mosaic of many truths, stories, of the private and public, of the conspicuous and the hidden. Moscow: a circus.

Konzept / Idee: Berlin
Musik: Violin Yuki Hori
Musik: Wim Lauwaert
Musik: Sterre de Raedt
Musik: Natalie Glas
Musik: Katelijn Vankerckhoven
Musik: Joachim Saerens
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Benjamin Boutreur