Mats Staub (Basel | Berlin)

entrance € 12,00 | reduced € 6,00

When purchasing tickets, please select station according to language | Artist Talk with Mats Staub on October 31st at 5 pm at the festival centre

In his video project, Mats Staub explores the existential boundary and transition experiences of life: being born, dying, the beginning and end of life. He approaches these universal events via individual stories from different parts of the world. He brought together people in, for example, Germany, England and South Africa and filmed them talking about birth and death. In the video installation, two screens show both conversation partners simultaneously, which means they can be observed both speaking and listening.  

There are three talk combinations to choose from:

A: Rania & Carsten (Hannover); Erika & Charlotte (Frankfurt) – language: German
B: Ahmed & Basso (Basel); Sharon & Hlengiwe (Johannesburg) – languages: German, English with German subtitles
C: Donna & Cath (Manchester); Dominique & Smangele (Johannesburg) – language: English with German subtitles

Mats Staub will be recording more conversations about Death and Birth in Munich. For more information send an email to

SPIELART also shows Mats Staub's work 21 - MEMORIES OF GROWING UP from Oct 15th to Nov 3rd.



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Video Installation   Storytelling   GlobalLocal   Community Building  

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Idea | Concept | Direction Mats Staub Camera Benno Seidel | Matthias Stickel Szenography Monika Schori Dramaturgical Assistance Simone von Büren | Elisabeth Schack Technicians Hanno Sons | Stefan Göbel Production Management Elisabeth Schack | Barbara Simsa

Mats Staub (*1972, Muri near Bern, Switzerland) lives and works in Berlin and wherever his projects take him. He studied theatre studies, journalism and religious studies in Bern, Fribourg and Berlin. In the past, he worked as a journalist for various publications (1996 – 2001), and as a dramaturge at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich (2002 – 2004). Since 2004 he has been creating art projects in the transitional area between theatre and exhibition, literature and science.

Produktion zwischen_produktionen Koproduktion Kaserne Basel | Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt | Sick! Festival Manchester | Festival Theaterformen | Festival der Regionen Perg-Strudengau | SPIELART Theaterfestival München | Lalela Magaliesburg | Centre d'Art Waza Lubumbashi | Centre culturel suisse Paris | Festival Bollwerk Belluard International Fribourg | Migros-Kulturprozent Unterstützung Fachausschuss Tanz und Theater BS/BL | Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung | Christoph Merian Stiftung | Ernst Göhner Stiftung