100% Stadt

100% Gwangju von RIMINI PROTOKOLL

26. April 2014, National Theatre of Korea, Seoul, Korea

Only 1% of Gwangju’s population has a non-Korean passport, 6% are over 70 years and 10% between 0 – 10 years of age. 51% of the Gwangjuans are women and 3% migrated from the korean region Jeonnam.
For statistical purposes, people are regularly converted into pie wedges, bars and curves – which are then used to make political arguments or to create economic cost-benefit strategies. What if these statistics were given faces? What if Gwanju’s 1.416.937 population was represented on stage by 100 persons?
In a world bombarded with ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ this cross-section of the society could tell the truth of modern Paris life in a way graphs or pie-charts never could. Spreading throughout the city over five months, 100% Gwangju began with the casting of one member who had to recruit another in 24 hours, who then recruited another and so on – all according to specific criteria of age, gender, household type, geography and ethnicity mirroring the demographic make-up of Korea’s 6th biggest city.

100% Gwangju – a gathering that is a city, a group just beginning to experience itself, a choir that has never practiced, an impossible entity with many faces – assembled into ever-changing new group pictures: group pictures as replacement for family – as fleeting portraits of belonging. Who is missing? Who thinks they might give answers on stage that are different from the ones they’d give in response to a telephone survey or in the voting booth? And what have the statistics failed to record? Who lives in a completely different Gwangju? Who thinks that this city is different because they are a part of it?

Concept Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel)
Director Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi
Stage Design Mascha Mazur, Andreas Mihan
Video, Lighting Marc Jungreitmeier, Andreas Mihan
Sound Nikolas Neecke
Band Joyful Island
Coordinator and head of production Soo-eun Lee
Translator Kim Donghun, Kim Yoona, Kim Jongmi, Kim Jinjoo
Caption Translation Kim Kiran
Casting Coordinator Kim Yeonkyung, Kim Hanyul, Lee Kyungmi, Lee Junghyun
Performance Record & Documentary film Director Kang Sangwoo, Producer Ahn Jihwan

Production Asian Art Theatre
Host Ministry of Culture,
Hub City of Asian Culture Gwangju,
The National Theater of Korea (Co-host in Seoul)

Principal Institute of Asian Culture Development


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