‘Serengeti shall not die!’ Bernhard Grzimek’s message continues to shape West Germany’s image of Africa to this day. In Ultimate Safari, Flinn Works (Berlin) and Asedeva (Dar es Salaam) take a 360° look at wildlife conservation and tourism in Tanzania. National parks and wildlife protection are widely regarded as entirely good achievements. But their origins lie in violent colonial appropriation. Safari tourism is the main source of income for several African countries, while at the same time most national parks exclude the local population, depriving them of their livelihood. High-tech equipment and armed rangers are an effective tool against illegal ivory trade and poaching, but life-threatening for nomadic pastoralists or farmers. Trophy hunting by white hunters is still considered a viable funding model for protected areas. Donor-funded conservation NGOs step in where government agencies fail, but they also serve as a business model and disrupt established local forms of conservation. The ensemble of Tanzanian and German performers and changing experts lead the audience as safari guides through the multi-perspective journey. Oscillating between performance, lecture and immersive film scenes with virtual reality glasses, Ultimate Safari develops into the last light-hearted journey into the abysmal world of wildlife conservation.
A performance by: Isack Abeneko (performance und choreography), Susana Alonso (light design), Lea Dietrich (stage and costume design), Konradin Kunze (performance and artistic direction), Happiness Majige (performance), Andi Otto (sound design), Jürgen Salzmann (video / VR design), Sophia Stepf (direction) // Marit Buchmeier / xplusdrei Produktionsbüro (management Flinn Works), Grischa Schwiegk / Drittmittelproduktionen (production management), Gabriel Orio (organisation Tansania) // Mordecai Ogada, Laibor Moko, Simone Schlindwein, Bernhard Gißibl (consultation)
A Flinn Works Production in collaboration with Asedeva
Funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin, Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR, Between Bridges
In Cooperation mit TD Berlin
Opening: June 29, 2023, TD Berlin
Shows: June 30 – July 2, TD Berlin // July 6 – 8, Theater der Welt, Frankfurt a.M