Bastian Sistig, theatre artist based in Berlin, is currently busy with the topic of participatory restitution by working together with Grassi Museum in Leipzig and the artists Rehema Chachage and Valerie Asiimwe Amani on the project BERGE VERSETZEN. In his latest theater works children were teaching the audience how to excuse themselves and old white men were showing themselves vulnerable.
Bastian likes to deal with politics of memory and truth and has a preference for speculative settings and unspectacular aesthetics. He prefer to work with friends and if not, he like to make friends with the people he work with. He’s part of the Trio Brand/Sistig/Steinmair, founding member of the artist collective PARA (www.p-a-r-a.org) and shareholder of the production label &sistig.
His work was invited among others to festivals like Hessische Theatertage, Implantieren Festival, Outnow Festival, Politik im Freien Theater, Monologfestival, Starke Stück Festival and has been awarded some times.
What are palm trees actually doing in Leipzig? Why are the remnants of the former STIGA now 1 hill in Clara Zetkin Park? And what or who is actually being remembered here? Bastian Sistig and Kolja Vennewald, theater makers and artists with a faible for speculative settings and unspectacular aesthetics, and part of the artistic research collective PARA, go on a search for traces of the colonial legacy of the STIGA as part of May Town. Together with students from various Leipzig elementary schools and the theater pedagogue Eucaris Guillen, today’s Clara Zetkin Park will be investigated performatively to see what should be returned, compensated, excavated, dismantled, and incorporated. For this purpose, they will found the temporary restitution command STIGARRR!, which will explore today’s park for its historically grown injustices and dedicate itself to the (im)possible project of giving back everything that can be given back!