Based on the idea of Call Cutta, produced in 2005 by Goethe-Institut Kolkata, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Rimini Apparat, and Call Cutta in a Box – produced in 2008 by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.
Who is there on the other end of the service-line? What do invisible workers look like? What does ‘outsourcing’ mean in the times of the Coronavirus? Can an Indian home be turned into a call centre?
Pimini Protokoll invites you to take part in an interactive, intercontinental video talk, the flow of which is meant to be strongly influenced by audience members.
More than 12 years ago Rimini Protokoll staged a one-to-one performative meeting between an Indian call centre employee and a European theatre visitor via telephone and video call. It started as a business talk and grew more and more private and intimate. Call Cutta in a Box is arguably the most delightful, charming, engaging 50 minutes I have ever spent with a perfect stranger,” wrote The New Zealand Performing Arts Review & Directory. In 2020 this project became a source of inspiration for a special adaptation for an international audience. Instead of a one-to-one conversation, the piece unfolds a temporary intranet of 30 people at their places. The hosting performers are at their homes in Calcutta, India, and Tallinn, Estonia. During the 70-minute performance they show their homes, talk about the economical and personal implications of their work in the call centres, the limitations of everyday life due to Covid-19, and gradually involve the visitors – to the extend they appreciate – into this gathering: open for what they are happy to share about where they are.
An intercontinental cup of tea, a round of dance, and a round of thoughts that offer a glimpse into our individual futures.
Social distancing as a chance for new and playful encounters with people far away from one’s own reality.
Performance presented on the Zoom platform with Polish subtitles and simultaneous translation. Viewer’s participation in the presen-tation with the computer camera turned on.
Dates of performances:
22 May at 15:00 & 17:00
23 May at 16:00 & 19:00
24 May at 16:00 & 19:00
25 May at 16:00 & 19:00
26 May at 16:00
27 May at 16:00
27 May (Thursday)
19:15 – meeting with Stefan Kaegi, the director of Call Cutta at Home (transmission on Facebook)
Running time: 1h 10 min