Performance & artist talk Conversion / After Afghanistan

costa compagnie, Conversion / After Afghanistan © Annemone Taake © Annemone Taake


Goethe-Institut New York

30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

costa compagnie, Conversion / After Afghanistan © Annemone Taake

Berlin- and Hamburg-based costa compagnie, an open collaboration of artists at the intersection of documentary, dance, and performance, presents fragments from its piece Conversion / After Afghanistan, followed by an artist talk. Shortly before the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) pulled out of Afghanistan in December 2014, costa compagnie travelled to Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif to interview locals, soldiers, diplomats, and others about their experience of the war and the withdrawal of German and American troops. In an attempt to understand a war that was claimed necessary to safeguard German and US security, Conversion / After Afghanistan translates this documentary material into performance, dance, sound, video, and objects. The performance at the Goethe-Institut includes student dancers from Vassar College.

Conversion / After Afghanistan is part of the project CONVERSION, which also examines the withdrawal of American forces stationed in Heidelberg 68 years after the end of World War II, in 2013.

This presentation of Conversion / After Afghanistan is made possible through the CREATIVE ARTS ACROSS DISCIPLINES Initiative at Vassar College, which is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

costa compagnie was founded by Felix Meyer-Christian in 2009. Members and collaborators  come from the fields of theater, contemporary dance, visual and performing arts, music, and geography. The company’s productions have been presented at theaters and festivals, including Kampnagel Hamburg, Maxim Gorki Theater, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, International Laboratory for Documentary Theatre Moscow, and Impulse Theater Festival. Jointly with the Theater and Orchestra Heidelberg, the company was awarded the prestigious Doppelpass Theater Cooperation Fund by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in 2013.