Alan Alpenfelt Swiss performance and installation artist, theatre director and trainer, community & youth radio empowerer, record producer. 

Operation Vega

Theatre / Site Specific
2017 ︎

Written by
Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Directed by
Alan Alpenfelt

Nello Provenzano
Adele Raes
Ulisse Romanò
Gabriele Ciavarra
Massimilano Zampetti

Part of the Dürrenmatt trilogy, Operation Vega creatively combines the Swiss political system with Dürrenmatt’s interest in Anarchy and his observation on how we can be blinded by our own laws and political hypocricy.
The play was performed for the first time in the Italian language during ChiassoLetteraria Festival at the Parco delle Gole della Breggia, Ticino, Switzerland.

In a dystopian future in which the Confederate States of America and Europe exist and people despised by governments are sent to Venus, the nightmare of the third world war seems to be coming true.
As in the Cold War, the West and the East of the Earth will face each other. Foreign Minister Horace Wood finds himself on a journey to Venus to ask for an ally in the fight against the Russians.

We are able to listen to the entire journey thanks to the intelligence officer Mannerheim, who is in charge of making sure that Wood does not abandon his mission to stay on Venus, as all of his predecessor foreign ministers have mysteriously done.
Wood and his companions find a hostile, backward country, where everyone lives for themselves and no one desires power, a world as utopian as it is difficult to understand, which will reject both Wood and his proposals, despite the dark consequences they foresee.

Sustained by
Pro Helvetia,
Charlotte Kerr Dürrenmatt Stiftung,
Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fondazione Svizzera per la Radio e la Cultura,
Repubblica e Cantone Ticino - Fondi Swisslos,
Città di Chiasso,
Parco delle Gole della Breggia.