Interview with Aino Laberenz

To me, those are fundamentally very different questions. The project certainly changed with me – just as it changed me, too. With me and without Christoph Schlingensief it has gone its own ways. Although it would have been weird to me if this change didn’t happen. It is important to me that while we outwardly uphold Christoph Schlingensief’s idea, we nonetheless above all also focus in more detail on the entire implementation, on the people, on the place and all that. The Operndorf is meant to be a platform for intercultural exchange, relevant discourses and creative development, or rather it already is. In future, this is supposed to come to the fore much more strongly still: We want to create something where people have respect for each other, where they engage in an artistic and interpersonal exchange and work together. The whole thing is not only supposed to be linked to the specific place in Burkina Faso, it is also supposed to create an equivalent sphere for us here in Germany.