On the first night we looked at maps – Los Alemanes del Volga
Research, Text & Performance: Federico & Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt
A production by Vöcks de Schwindt in cooperation with TATWERK | Performative Forschung
The audience is welcomed to their place at the table where photos, maps, documents and a song book are scattered and mate tea is being served. With their documentary performance On the first night we looked at maps – Los Alemanes del Volga the Argentinean-German artist couple Federico & Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt invite their audience on both a historical and biographical journey. Following the Volga Germans who emigrated in the 18th century, it traces their passage from the German region of Hesse to Russia, and a hundred years later as they continued their path to the Americas. The performers confront themselves with fragments of past migration and the contradictions of family identity in an always shifting narrative of a couple searching for a queer heritage – and for a homeland that perhaps never existed.
Mainly in English, partly in German and Spanish.
The Argentinian and German artists Federico & Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt have shared a partnership that extends from their private life to their artistic collaborations since 2014. Their joint works under the label Vöcks de Schwindt range from documentary and performative works to multilingual drama productions and music theatre. They are currently exploring questions of migrant identities, queer heritage, male tenderness and the performativity of objects. With On the first night we looked at maps, Vöcks de Schwindt were selected in 2020 for the newcomers‘ platform of the Performing Arts Festival Berlin (Germany). Furthermore they were invited to perform the piece among others at the Furore Festival in Ludwigsburg (Germany), at the TD Berlin (Germany), at the WUK Theater Quartier in Halle/Saale (Germany) and at the Altofest in Naples (Italy).