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‘StoSS in [die] Modellschweiz ein’: Simulating Switzerland as Alpine Heimat in Stefan Kaegi’s Mnemopark (2005)

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbercqy045
Pages (from-to)20-35
Number of pages16
JournalForum for Modern Language Studies
Volume55
Issue number1
Early online date25 Oct 2018
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DateAccepted/In press - 1 Jul 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 25 Oct 2018
DatePublished (current) - Jan 2019

Abstract

In his postdramatic theatre production Mnemopark (Theater Basel, 2005), Swiss director Stefan Kaegi presents a miniaturized vision of Switzerland on the stage in the form of a model railway. Drawing on the wider dramaturgical techniques of Kaegi’s theatrical practices with the award-winning German-Swiss collective Rimini Protokoll, throughout the production five ‘Experts of the Everyday’ layer their memories and experiences of reality onto the concrete space of the model to produce a simulated vision of Switzerland as Heimat on the stage. In applying Jean Baudrillard’s theory of simulation to Mnemopark, this article addresses the disconnect engendered between the model and the extra-theatrical reality that it supposedly represents by focusing on how the production juxtaposes multiple traces of reality on the stage. Thus, I highlight how Mnemopark interrogates contemporary understandings of Switzerland as Heimat in a way that posits a future reconceptualization of the nation that is inclusive and potentially utopian.

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  • Baudrillard, Heimat, Rimini Protokoll, Simulation, Stefan Kaegi, Switzerland, postdramatic theatre

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