Temple du présent – Solo pour octopus: Film by Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) with ShanjuLab

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 presents

Temple du présent – Solo pour octopus: Film

by Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) with ShanjuLab

Country: Switzerland | Running Time: 56 | Language: English  | Year Of Release: 2021

About Temple du présent – Solo pour octopus: Film

Stefan Kaegi with Judith Zagury and Nathalie Küttel imagine a theatrical aquarium to stage an octopus, that gifted, curious and playful animal. The relationship with the octopus shapes the show to the point of reversing the roles: who is playing with whom? Who is observing whom?

“Octopuses, with their 8 arms, 9 brains, 3 hearts and thousands of suckers, are capable of multiple actions or of changing colour radically. Attracted by what they do not know, they are able to learn from their experiences, and some specialists have even uncovered singular and individual forms of humour and empathy. Emerging from an evolutionary fork parallel to that which resulted in the human species, their extraordinary abilities would enable them to build advanced civilisations, were they only able to pass on their knowledge between generations – yet females die shortly after giving birth and each individual must start the process of learning anew. What can we – humans, spectators – learn from this multi-tasking talent, this master of solitary camouflage?

The show is conceived in relationship with an octopus, as the outcome of a process of learning and exchange, according to its needs, its knowledge and its reactions. With the complicity of ShanjuLab, an artistic collective based in Gimel that lives and collaborates with animals while permanently pursuing a line of ethical questioning, Stefan Kaegi has devised a theatrical, musical, cinematographic and documentary device in which the observer may not be the one we expected. And this time, the expert is the animal.” – Stefan Kaegi & ShanjuLab


Concept, direction
Stefan Kaegi

in collaboration with
Judith Zagury et Nathalie Küttel (ShanjuLab)

Bruno Deville
Bastien Genoux

Scientific support
Graziano Fiorito

Stéphane Vecchione
In collaboration Brice Catherin

Katja Hagedorn

Direction assistant
Jeanne Kleinman

Direction intern
Salomé Mooij

Tech and set construction
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne ▼

Lighting and stage management
Pierre Nicolas Moulin ▼

Oliver Vulliamy ▼

Anouk Luthier ▼

An octopus
Stéphane Vecchione
Judith Zagury/Nathalie Küttel

Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, ShanjuLab Gimel, République Éphémère, Théâtre Saint-Gervais

Berliner Festspiele, Rimini Apparat, Centre Pompidou

Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

About Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) and ShanjuLab

The Swiss artist Stefan Kaegi is one of the leading figures in European theatre. With the Rimini Protokoll collective, he has contributed to broadening the notion of documentary theatre by attempting to depict reality in all its facets, notably by calling on “experts of everyday life”.

ShanjuLab (Judith Zagury, Shantih Breikers) is a theatrical research laboratory on the animal presence created in 2017: The human-animal relationship remains at the centre of the work of the ShanjuLab Company.

About The Festival

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. The 7th annual festival will focus on work for the screen created by theatre artists during the Time of Corona. The festival will be held digitally from March 1st – 15th 2022.

Watch Temple du présent – Solo pour octopus: Film from March 1st to March 15th 2022 on the Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) website.

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