What lies beneath the marketing created images of the corporations whose products we consume daily? The desire to discover what is “behind” this and to inform the world about it led a young group of activists to collect concealed information, and to uncover the criminal practices of a multinational concern. They came to understand that they could not break free from this corporation’s influence. But after what they had discovered they couldn’t simply go on as before. What to do? And “who is” this corporation against whom they are fighting?  

Abstract

The production Whistleblowers is not merely an “Orwellian fantasy.” It was created on the basis of true events which came to a scandalous judicial conclusion in Switzerland only in 2013. A well-known food corporation placed a spy, a young woman under a false name into a group of young activists. She feigned interest in the group’s cause while handing over personal information about members of the group and their sympathizers in foreign countries to the corporation. This information is linked to still unsolved murders of the corporation’s rebelling workers’ union members in third world countries.  

Whistleblowers is a hypnotic and disturbing probe on the borders of physical theater, video and documentary theater. In the performance quotes are heard both from victims in the case and also from corporate lobbyists that the creators met with in Brussels. In this project once again members of Farm in the Cave made a targeted penetration in to a world which had until then been unknown to them. Whistleblowers is not traditional political theater, even so it raises questions about the influence of corporate lobbying on democratic principles of western societies that cannot be avoided.  

 

Performed by: Minh Hieu Nguyen, Emil Leeger, Jun Wan Kim, Hana Varadzinová, Anna Gromanová, Olda Smysl, Marcel Bárta

Duration: 55 min

 

Project LOBBY 

This performance is produced as part of the project LOBBY, within which the creators investigated the effects of corporate lobbying in the lives of ordinary people in Europe and a wider context.

(LOBBY project blog)

With the support of:

European Cultural Fundation        Visegrad Fund 

 

Divadlo Ponec

Premiere

Premiere 4th of May 2014, Ponec Theatre, Prague

Creative Team

created by Viliam Dočolomanský, Minh Hieu Nguyen, Anna Gromanová, Hana Varadzinová, Jun Wan Kim, Emil Leeger

Directed by, concept, choreography Viliam Dočolomanský

Assistant director Eduard Prokhazko, Eliška Vavříková

Dramaturgical assistance Petr Michálek

movement assistance Daniel Raček

Music Viliam Dočolomanský, Marcel Bárta

scenography Lucia Škandíková

costume design Markéta Sedláčková

Light design Felice Ross

Video Erik Bartoš

Sound design Eva Hamouzová

Production Jan Valter

in coproduction with Tanec Praha/PONEC – divadlo pro tanec, Praha, Česká Republika, Truc Sphérique, Žilina, Slovensko

For Promoters

Farm in the Cave’s standard space requirements for performances are as follows: a space with good acoustics which can also be completely silent during performances; typically we use a black box or site-specific space with minimal dimensions of 10 x 10 meters, with a height of 6 meters; at least 6 months before the performance our technical team of 2-4 persons must make a preparatory visit.

The maximum number of audience members at individual performances varies, but is usually no more than 450.

The number of performers per performance varies between 5 and 13, and the technical – production staff is between 4 and 6 people.

The minimum number of performances presented in one place is 2.

The company can play 2 performances per day are available on request – the latest start time is 21:00 local time.

The length of preparation and adaptation depends on the specific performance and local conditions, with a minimum of 1-2 days necessary prior to the day of the first production.

Financial requirements are available upon request at info@farminthecave.com or barbara.tumova@seznam.cz

The organizers pay for: fees; costs of shipping scenography; personnel transport; local transportation to the performance location; housing; per-diems; costs connected with preparatory technical visit. The organizer agrees to pay for costs of equipment rental if the space to be used does not have the equipment necessary.