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On the first night we looked at maps - Los Alemanes del Volga

  • Federico and Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt
  • October 28th - 30th 2022
  • Verso Sud | Corato (IT)

An intimate documentary performance - for fourteen guests around a huge table - about a gay couple, travelling through its family histories, to write its own story.

Stripped Works
The performers in stage lighting are talking, sitting at a table, looking at a map. Books and booklets lie on the table. The audience is visible in the shadows. © Jana Kießer

Getting in touch with ancestors who can only be, who they want to be, when they are not at the place where they believe they would belong to.

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

Supported by Wiederaufnahmeförderung of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Media partner taz die Tageszeitung.
In cooperation with TATWERK | Performative Forschung

Video »On the first night we looked at maps - Los Alemanes del Volga«
Trailer »On the first night we looked at maps - Los Alemanes del Volga«


September 7th 2019 | 6 & 8:30 pm
TATWERK | Berlin
Afterwards: Artists' talk with Theaterscouting Berlin

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November 1st & 2nd 2019 | 19 and 21:30 Uhr
January 31st | 6 and 8:30 pm
February 1st | 6 and 8:30 pm
February 14th & 15th | 6 and 8:30 pm
TATWERK | Berlin

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TD | Berlin

July 24th 2021 | 7 & 9:30 pm
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July 31st 2021 | 5 pm
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June 17th - 19th 2022
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October 14th - 16th 2022
Altofest | La Valletta (MT)

October 23rd 2022
Zeitzeug Festival | Bochum

October 28th - 30th 2022
Verso Sud | Corato (IT)


By and with: Federico and Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt


Federico & Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt have shared a partnership that extends from their private life to their artistic collaborations since 2014. They were invited to perform their first jointly developed performance "On the first night we looked at maps" at the Performing Arts Festival Berlin (selected for the newcomers’ platform "Introducing..."), the Furore Festival in Ludwigsburg/Germany and the Festival Opera Prima in Rovigo/Italy. Their artistic work currently focuses on questions of queer heritage, Eastern German identities and migration, as well as critical performative explorations of masculinities. In December Federico returns to TD Berlin with the premiere of his latest production "EPISODIO". www.voecks-de-schwindt.de