Labour migration is one of the largest challenges facing societies in the 21st century. In global price wars, human beings are sold or at least traded at a profit. The project “Human Trade Network” addresses this topic in an international context and attempts to create a global theatre and temporary research network spanning three continents. Four theatres in India, Romania, Burkina Faso and Germany will be investigating the causes, structures and effects of human trafficking and the exploitation of labour. Each will develop an independent production which mutually references the others. The partners will support each other with interviews and documentary material. The projects feature a broad range of themes and present stories that tie the four countries together. They tell the story of Romanian workers in Germany’s cost-efficient meat production facilities, Eastern European sex workers who travel from Bucharest to Breisgau, surrogate mothers, international adoptions and the market for talented football players. The plays will be produced for audiences in the respective countries; guest performances at the partner theatres are planned. All four productions will be shown at a festival in Freiburg lasting several days and accompanied by a theatre congress, presentations and discussion series.
Artistic director: Clemens Bechtel
Stage directors: Gianina Carbunariu (RO), Ildevert Meda & Luca Fusi (BF), Abhishek Majumdar (IN)