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An international conference on water. As the audience sits inside waiting for the conference to begin, they can hear the shouts of protesters outside who were denied entry. Then a door opens and a few of them manage to shove their way in, storming into the conference room and occupying the stage. They are a peculiar bunch of characters, each one with a different plea to present: a consumer whose water was turned off while he was having a shower, a goldfish who lost his family in murky waters, an advocate for clean water interested in selling it at a profit and many others. And right in the middle of it all is an utterly overwhelmed interpreter trying very hard to handle this unforeseen turn of events.
In “Agua”, artists from Germany and Bolivia team up to present their unique perspectives on the issue of “water” by condensing their own cultural experiences, fiction and facts into a compact scenic montage. This bilingual theatre project was initiated in 2017 by the cultural offices of Bonn and La Paz. “Agua” was first performed by children, teens and adults in Bonn in November 2017 during the UN Climate Change Conference and in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the partnership between the cities of Bonn and La Paz. Now, “Agua” is being performed as a part of the festivities celebrating La Paz as the South American Capital of Culture. Performances will be given in La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre and Santa Cruz. This project was made possible through funding by Engagement Global NRW and the support of the Bonn-La Paz association.

Featuring: Dennis Aviles, Alejandro Beltran De la Borda, Fatma Girretz, Carmen Guillen, Sergio Rios Henning,Tina Jücker, Avril Leon, Claus Overkamp, Elmar Schmidt, Jhazel Vargas, Walter Zick

Photos: Ursula Kaufmann

This cooperation is funded by the city of Bonn, the city of La Paz and the state of NRW’s initiative “Engagement Global”.