Fear & Fever

Fear & Fever

We can eradicate malaria – within a generation” says Bill Gates. Humans discovered a cure for malaria 400 years ago and yet up to a million people die from the bite of a mosquito every year. Why is that? Inspired by debates about disease, medicine and belief systems, Flinn Works (Berlin) and Asedeva (Dar es Salaam) explore the unequal world of malaria in a theatre-science lab. Clinical studies oscillate with historical reenactments, scientific choreographies and TED talks. The audience is confronted with the conflicting politics of malaria research and treatment: after being infected, how would you like to be cured, by the latest drug from Switzerland, Chinese herbal tea or a traditional Tanzanian healing ritual? Would you rather wear mosquito-repellent sandals, drink gin and tonics or eradicate malaria with genetically modified mosquitoes? Drawing from individual experiences and research, the performance becomes a headspin of a journey through decades and continents, creating an atmosphere alternating between high-tech lab, village square and fever dream.

Devised and Performed by: Isack Peter Abeneko & Konradin Kunze
Direction: Sophia Stepf
Stage and Costume Design: Léa Dietrich
Video Design: Jürgen Salzmann
Sound Design: Andi Otto
Consultant: Caroline Meier zu Biesen
Assistant Director: Alice Harrison
Assistant: Eric Ndikumana
Company Management: Helena Tsiflidis
Show Dates: 26.9.2019 (opening) - 29.9.2019 Sophiensaele Berlin // 08./09.10. Museum am Rothenbaum Hamburg // 11./12.10. Staatstheater Kassel // 23.10.-05.11. Tanzania Tour: Dar es Salam /Nafasi Arts Space, Bagamoyo Festival, Arusha Dance Foundation //  17.-19.06.2020 Theater Tuchlaube Aarau
A Flinn Works and Asedeva Production in cooperation with Sophiensaele Berlin, coproduced by Theater Tuchlaube Aarau
Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin, Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Ilse und Dr. Horst Rusch-Stiftung, Gerhard Fieseler Stiftung, Vijana Vipaji Foundation, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Kulturamt der Stadt Kassel & Goethe Institute Tanzania
In Cooperation with Museum am Rothenbaum & LICHTHOF Theater Hamburg, Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie der FU Berlin, Goethe-Institut Tanzania, Nafasi Art Space/Dar es Salaam, Ibuka Dance Foundation Arusha, TaSUBa Bagamoyo.