Knowl­edge show about ori­gin and identity

On Octo­ber 29, the show “Who am I any­way? And why at all?” will pre­miere in experimenta’s Sci­ence Dome. In the inter­ac­tive for­mat, Claris­sa Cor­rêa da Sil­va and Simone Müller explore togeth­er with the audi­ence the ques­tions of what makes peo­ple tick and what shapes them.

Cur­rent­ly, around 40 per­cent of stu­dents in Ger­many have a migra­tion back­ground. What impact does this have on soci­ety? What fac­tors actu­al­ly shape peo­ple in their devel­op­ment? TV pre­sen­ter Claris­sa Cor­rêa da Sil­va and actress Simone Müller will get to the bot­tom of these and oth­er excit­ing ques­tions about ori­gin and iden­ti­ty at exper­i­men­ta on Octo­ber 29. Their inter­ac­tive knowl­edge show “Who am I any­way? And why at all?” runs at 12:00 and 15:00 in the Sci­ence Dome.

Search for iden­ti­ty with a sur­pris­ing outcome

At eye lev­el, da Sil­va and Müller take their audi­ence on a jour­ney: It begins with demar­ca­tion and exclu­sion in every­day life and ends after about an hour with rais­ing aware­ness for tol­er­ance, diver­si­ty and self-deter­mi­na­tion. The two per­form­ers them­selves have a migra­tion back­ground and at the begin­ning report on their per­son­al expe­ri­ences in the search for iden­ti­ty in an alter­na­tion of humor­ous scenes and sci­en­tif­ic expla­na­tions. It quick­ly becomes clear that although all peo­ple have 99.9 per­cent iden­ti­cal genet­ic make­up, many of them have to live with prej­u­dices, role stereo­types and dis­crim­i­na­tion. Togeth­er with the young view­ers, the effects of this are worked out in the show.

Claris­sa Cor­rêa da Sil­va and Simone Müller then explain in sci­ence slam style how the sci­en­tif­ic dis­ci­plines of micro­bi­ol­o­gy and epi­ge­net­ics are help­ing to rethink tra­di­tion­al ideas of ori­gin and iden­ti­ty. For exam­ple, while there is a genet­ic imprint from ances­tors, each per­son fun­da­men­tal­ly has the abil­i­ty to devel­op their own val­ues and behav­iors. A real­iza­tion that also plays an impor­tant role in the last part of the show: The two actress­es enter into an exchange with the audi­ence and eval­u­ate cer­tain sce­nar­ios by vot­ing togeth­er with everyone.

Pre­miere on Octo­ber 29 with two performances

On Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 29, the knowl­edge show “Who am I any­way? And why at all?” at exper­i­men­ta. On this day, the play will cel­e­brate its pre­miere before going on tour as a guest per­for­mance. The per­for­mances in the Sci­ence Dome, which are suit­able for chil­dren and young peo­ple aged 10 and over, begin at 12:00 and 15:00. Admis­sion costs 6.00 euros for adults and 4.00 euros for chil­dren and young peo­ple up to the age of 18. Tick­ets are now avail­able online at experimenta’s tick­et store.

The knowl­edge show “Who am I any­way? And why at all?” was cre­at­ed in coop­er­a­tion with the renowned fes­ti­val “Enjoy Jazz. Fes­ti­val for Jazz and More”. It is spon­sored by the Lan­des­bank Baden-Würt­tem­berg Foun­da­tion (LBBW) and the Gewinnsparvere­in of BB Bank Karlsruhe.

Claris­sa Cor­rêa da Sil­va
, TV jour­nal­ist and author, hosts sev­er­al award-win­ning TV and online for­mats for chil­dren, includ­ing “Die Sendung mit der Maus” (WDR), “Wis­sen macht Ah!” (WDR), “Triff …” and “Die beste Klasse Deutsch­lands” (both KiKa) as well as the reportage series “3 Blocks” (MDR). For her work she received, among oth­ers, the children’s media award “Der weiße Ele­fant”. She has also won sev­er­al awards at the “Gold­en­er Spatz,” the largest fes­ti­val for Ger­man-lan­guage children’s media.

Simone miller, actress and author, is known from TV appear­ances in series such as “Tatort” (MDR) and “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” (Net­flix) as well as from episode lead roles in inno­v­a­tive for­mats such as “Triff …” (KiKa) and “Find­her” (YouTube). She is an ensem­ble mem­ber of the Saar­ländis­ches Staat­sthe­ater Saar­brück­en. In addi­tion, she is active in spe­cial edu­ca­tion at schools and works artis­ti­cal­ly on the top­ics of inter­sec­tion­al­i­ty and gen­der justice.

Pho­to cred­it: Simone Müller: © Jörn Strojny
Pho­to cred­it: Claris­sa Cor­rêa da Sil­va: © Mar­co Fischer

From experimenta’s press release, Sep­tem­ber 29, 2022.