Press releases | Culture 30.05.2012


The series concludes with world premieres at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, and at Centro de Experimentación y Creación del Teatro Argentino de La Plata (TACEC) in Argentina

The “Schauplätze/Settings” series of productions, which was initiated by the Siemens Stiftung, concludes with two artistic projects in which society is made concentratedly experiential. At dOCUMENTA (13) in Germany, the artist Tino Sehgal realizes his new  project “This Variation” throughout 100 days. And at TACEC in Argentina, the author, theater director and filmmaker Federico León presents the world premiere of a piece for 120 performers of all ages; a German version of this piece will be performed at the Berliner Festspiele in Germany afterwards.

Tino Sehgal, visual artist and choreographer, creates the most ephemeral artworks in the art world and is singularly uncompromising in his striving to produce the immaterial. Economic forms of production per se thus become a theme. For dOCUMENTA (13), Sehgal works with live performers throughout the entire running time of the exhibition. They produce “constructed situations” which visitors encounter in the exhibition space. The hall in Hugenottenhaus in Kassel, which was designed by documenta’s founder Arnold Bode in the 1950s, thus becomes a venue of social concentration.

In the decades since its founding in 1955, the documenta has been regarded as the most important exhibition for contemporary art worldwide. Taking place once every five years for 100 days, the exhibition attracts hundreds of thousands visitors. In June 2012 dOCUMENTA (13) will open in Kassel, with more than 160 artists and participants who will show their new artworks in multiple venues across the entire city, demonstrating how contemporary art can contribute to our understanding of the world.

The starting point for “Las Multitudes”, a piece by the Argentinian artist Federico León, was the idea of assembling 120 performers on one stage. After nearly one full year of rehearsals, this mass of human beings of all ages will perform for the first time on July 20, 2012 at TACEC in Argentina facing the audience as it were a mirror: two anonymous, heterogenous and conflict-fraught crowds that observe each other and gradually find common ground.

Both productions are linked by their mutual interest in a space of encounter and the space between people. They accordingly confront their audiences with individual experience and with the “live act” of producing a society.

“Schauplätze/Settings” turns its eye to temporal diagnoses by remarkable artists at the microcosom and macrocosm of society. The three-part series began with Boris Charmatz’s highly regarded piece “enfant” at the most recent Festival d’Avignon, after which “enfant” embarked on a successful European tour. The series ends with “Las Multitudes” by Federico León; after its first series of performances in Argentina, this piece will be realized with German performers at the “Foreign Affairs” festival in Berlin in September 2012, followed by fifteen performances at Centro Cultural San Martín in Buenos Aires in November and December 2012.

Tino Sehgal
This Variation

June 9 – September 16, 2012, daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hugenottenhaus, Bode-Saal
Friedrichstr. 25, 34117 Kassel, Germany

Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) in collaboration with the Siemens Stiftung and the Hamburg International Summer Festival in the context of the “Showplaces” series of projects.
With support from the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris, Brigitte & Arend Oetker, Berlin, Centre Chorégraphique National de Bretagne, Rennes and members of the International Friends of documenta.
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris

Federico León
Las Multitudes

World premiere, La Plata, Argentina:
July 20, 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29, 2012
TACEC – Centro de Experimentación y Creación del Teatro Argentino de La Plata
Calle 53 y 10 - La Plata (1900), Argentina
Phone: +54 /221/ 4 29 17 00,

Berlin version at “Foreign Affairs” Festival:
September 28 to 30, 2012
Haus der Berliner Festpiele
Schaperstr. 24, 10719 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 /30/ 25 48 90,

Performances in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
November 16 to 18, 23 to 25, and 30, 2012,
December 1, 2, 7 to 9, 14 to 16, 2012
Centro Cultural San Martín
Sarmiento 1551, (C1042 ABC) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: +54 /11/ 43 74 12 51/59,

“Las Multitudes” is a co-production by TACEC (Centro de Experimentación y Creación del Teatro Argentino de La Plata), Siemens Stiftung and Berliner Festspiele/Foreign Affairs in collaboration with IICES (Instituto de Intercambio Cultural Ensamble al Sur).