Album Karl Höcker, Paul Bargetto's documentary project combining theatre and multimedia, presented the history of World War II from a new perspective to Chinese audiences in Tianjin and Harbin.
The Polish cultural season organised by Culture.pl, Polish Institute in Beijing and Tianjin Grand Theatre includes presentations of six theatre productions. Majority of them share the theme of World War II, giving the Chinese audience an opportunity to look at the issues of war and oppression from different perspectives.
Album Karl Höcker is a theare project by the American director Paul Bargetto, inspired by the recent discovery (2006) in the United States of an album of photographs that belonged to SS officer Karl Höcker, one of the commanders of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The album contained over one hundred photographs of many important figures, such as Dr. Josef Mengele and Rudolf Hoess, along with their assistants relaxing at a staff retreat near the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Based on analysis of the images and acting improvisation, Paul Bargetto in collaboration with Helena Chorzelska, Krzysztof Polkowski, playwright Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk and the actors of the Trans-Atlantyk Theatre company created a performance attempting to understand the history of the Holocaust from the largely unexamined perspective of its perpetrators. The performance was particularily interesting to the Chinese audience and the media, who could find in it references to their own history, especially Sino-Japanese relations during the Second World War.
Album Karl Höcker
– 8th & 9th April 2016, Tianjin Grand Theatre
– 12th & 13th April 2016, Harbin Grand Theatre
Sources: Press materials, written by EP, translated by AW, 17 Mar 2014