Germany-based collective Rimini Protokoll is known for its unconventional ways of creating original and thought-provoking theatre experiences. Their new wave of documentary theater is experimental, playful and immersive.

Stefan Kaegi, co-founder of the collective, proposes another unusual experience at the Theatre Vidy in Lausanne from February 1st to March 23rd.

In the context of new production, Cargo Congo-Lausanne the collective has transformed a freight truck into a theatre that takes 50 spectators on a journey to the places of transit and trade at the city’s edges. “Last summer, I visited the industrial districts of western Lausanne. I met and interviewed about twenty truckers whose lives have been written by globalization”, explains Stefan Kaegi.

The story

Two very different truckdrivers tell their stories. One of them grew up as a soldier between Rwanda and Congo before he became a dairy-driver in Switzerland. The other started driving trucks in Switzerland before finishing school in the 60’s. He has owned more than 50 trucks since and today, at the end of his career he wonders why it doesn’t pay off anymore to drive. The two drivers take the audience on a journey towards Africa.

The truck is converted in such a way that 50 people can look through a 10m long window watching the landscape go by. The truck becomes an observatory, a mobile binocular from which, the audience looks at the city. For two hours, the audience is transported to gas stations, industrial loading ramps and other hotspots of globalization. These landscapes are live synced with a score composed especially for them. While on the road, cordless microphones broadcast the truck drivers’ bios live into the truck.

Cargo Congo-Lausanne is a site-specific performance along the suburbs of west Lausanne and feels like a road movie through the flipside of a globalized economy.