TRIAL OF MONEY

(in production)

Trial of Money is a theatrical performance staging the proceedings of a fictional court of law, the Special Tribunal for Money.

 

As its name suggests, the purpose of this invented tribunal is not to judge the deeds of a human being, nor of a legal entity, but of a ‘thing’: the very complex thing which we commonly call Money.

 

On the theatre stage, in front of an audience implicitly put in the position of the jury, Money itself, or in other words, the global monetary system as we know it today, is prosecuted for its alleged complicity in many of the wrongdoings afflicting our world: global warming, hunger, violence, poverty, pollution, inequalities, exhaustion of natural resources…

 

But is money not just a tool which is put to either bad or good usages only by humans? Is it legitimate to judge Money instead of the human subjects who have invented it and manage it? What sense does it make to confer agency to an inanimate thing such as money? How could convicting a ‘thing’ possibly change anything to our present situation?

 

Beyond aiming at answering the question of whether Money is guilty or not of the crimes it is being accused of, ToM takes the seemingly absurd step of putting a thing on trial in order to interrogate the relationship we, as humans, entertain with the environment we are continuously creating for ourselves.

 

In a world in which financial markets, social networks algorithms and automated warfare infrastructures are already taking decisions in place of, and for human beings, it might prove useful to take the popular adage that Money rules the world somewhat more litterally: for, if this saying contains truth, and considering the desastrous state our world has reached under its government, wouldn’t it be legitimate to ask money to answer for its acts?

 

Première performances on 18 and 19 April 2018, 

Kaaitheater, Brussels

 

Concept & realisation : Christophe Meierhans – Dramaturgy: Bart Capelle – Production : HIROS, Elisa Demarré – Co-production: AUAwirleben (Bern), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), BUDA (Kortrijk), FAR° (Nyon), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil (Paris), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), Vooruit (Gent), ZonaK (Milan)