Three performers with Down’s syndrome take to the stage as traditional inhabitants of Mongolia. Dressed in thick fur coats, they parade across the stage and treat the public to ‘authentic Mongolian’ behaviour. The setting is reminiscent of the ‘human zoos’ popular in Europe at the time Dr Langdon-Down was making his discoveries. While lighting and sound effects colour the inherently neutral action, the performance plays with our judgements and prejudices concerning ‘the other’. A set-up as effective as it is simple, stirring up the discussion of both colonialism and racism as handicaps. In this way, Genghis Khan creates space for shock and empathy, fear and fascination, projection and reflection.

  • Monster Truck
  • Performers ― Sabrina Braemer, Jonny Chambilla, Manuel Gerst, Sahar Rahimi, Oliver Rincke, Mark Schroppel, Ina Vera
  • Dramaturg ― Marcel Bugiel
  • Music ― Mark Schroppel
  • Artistic consultant ― Matthias Meppelink, Alisa Hecke
  • Co-production ― Ehrliche Arbeit Collaboration ― Theater Thikwa Co-production ― FFT (Dusseldorf), Pumpenhaus (Munster), Ringlokschuppen (Mulheim) & Sophiensaele (Berlin)
  • Partners ― Municipality of Berlin, Kunststiftung NRW, Kultursekretariat NRW, Rudolf Augstein Stichting, LAG Soziokultur NRW & Fonds Darstellende Kunste e. V.
  • Premiere ― 22 September 2012
  • It is impossible to know whether actors are aware of what they are doing and whether there is an undertone of irony – this is one of the many clever elements of this exceptional evening of meta-theatre, evoking both uncertainty and sheer joy.

    Nicole Strecker | Tanz

  • Simultaneously troubling and oppressive.

    Julia Voegelin | Basler Zeitung

  • The great pleasure derived by the virtually wordless trio from their performance is cheering, as is the anarchistic joke of the whole set-up. All expectations are eroded and torpedoed with a humour reminiscent of early Monty Python.

    Peter Sauer | Westfälische Nachrichten


Date and hour

24 October
25 October


Running time

90 minutes