MAHAGONNY IS EVERYWHERE
A 48 hrs Immersive-Environment, this event is built upon the rules of capitalism. People become complicit in the system as soon as they buy ‘an executive chair, which starts at €59 Neuros’. The site of the performance building announces its beginning with an exchange of show-currency, which the audience needs to buy in order to participate in the performance-system. Inside the building is a bar, an orchestra, casinos, shops, bank, sleeping and leisure areas, stock-market, restaurants, and more. Based on ‘The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny',
A political-satirical opera composed by Kurt Weill, made into a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht, Mahagonny is Everywhere highlights and accelerates the working of the post-industrial society into a free-wheeling, fast-moving spiral. Audiences become participants as they engage in buying/selling/winning/losing/stealing/hoarding, and are encouraged to speculate as a means of surviving within the system. Rules are suspended intermittently to pause and punctuate the inner-logic of the immersion to produce a brief alienation, a sudden 'throwness' out of the rules of engagement.
Concept - Christopher Roth, in collaboration with Amitesh Grover. Produced by Bremen State Theatre, Germany, 2013.