Arena Arctica

Ben J. Riepe
Arena Arctica

For three days, a living transformation space of sensual perception is created in the entire stage area. The opening event of this multiple-day encounter is a choreographed dinner, which is organized as a culinary- and spatial experience right in the middle of the big stage. The accessible room installation will not only invite the audience to concerts and conversations. It will also host inspiring guests from (pop-) culture and science – for example the indie pop duo sea+air, the cloud scientist Anja Costa, and the Viennese dancer, performer and author Robert Steijn. All these components form a constantly changing arc of suspense around the factors music – landscape – human. A literally open space of possibilities forms, in which thoughts, genres, research approaches, conversations, atmospheres, sounds and artistic interventions find each other in unpredicted and stimulating ways.


Concept / scenography / composition / light design: Ben J. Riepe 
with: Laura Burgener, Lenah Flaig, Simon Hartmann, Sudeep Kumar Puthiyaparambath, Karolina Kraczkowska, Marijana Mladenov, Daniel Ernesto Müller Torres, Ola Osowicz, Luisa Saraiva,  Gökce Ogultekin, Garance Debert, Wim May, SEA+AIR light and sound: Kerim Karaoglu objects: Ben J. Riepe Kompanie dramaturgic advice: Felizitas Stilleke Kleine assistance: Gwen Wieczorek technical management: Philipp Zander box construction: Felix Ersig production management: Susanne Berthold, Sabina Stücker organisation: Izaskun Abrego communication: Susanne Ruprecht documentation: Bianca Bachmann guests: Uwe Schallenberg (physician), Robert Steijn (author), Wanda Golonka, Prof. Dr. Andreas Wahner (director of Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung, Forschungszentrum Jülich), Emmanuel Mir (art historian), Anja Costa (cloud researcher)



Foto: © Ursula Kaufmann
ARENA ARCTICA is a production of Ben J. Riepe, co-produced by PACT Zollverein, Essen. In cooperation with NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Art Stations Foundation /Grazyna Kulczyk and Goethe-Institute Warsaw in the framework of the German-Polish anniversary year 2016 WE CELEBRATE!, organized by Goethe-Institute and German Embassy in Warsaw on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the contract on good neighborhood and friendly cooperation ( Funded by Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf. In cooperation with Forschungszentrum Jülich.