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An internationally staffed conference which no one travels to, and which – please, not again – is not supposed to simply take place digitally. How should that work? Here is a proposal: The speakers simply hand over their presentations to those who are there and who do not have to travel from afar: to citizens from the very city in which this conference of the absent takes place. Is there a more suitable space for such an experimental arrangement than the theater? The directing and writing team Rimini Protokoll, together with the audience, dare exactly this experiment.Synopsis
Everything it needs: a kind of play manual, the prepared conference presentations and the technical support on site. And, of course, audience members. The advantage, by the way: This conference can be attended several times, is a bit different each time, is relatively environmentally friendly, and can take place in a wide variety of locations around the world – even at the same time. In this way, the diverse biographies, stories, thoughts and positions of those who themselves are not there and cannot be, find new bodies every evening. And at the same time absence itself is the theme: What are different forms of absence? Where and when are we absent? What does absence do to us? When is absence a curse and when perhaps a blessing? The experts at this conference have all had their own experiences.
Concept·Text·Direction ｜ Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Video·Light Design ｜ Marc Jungreithmei
Sound Design ｜ Daniel Dorsch
Research·Dramaturgy ｜ Imanuel Schipper, Lüder Pit Wilcke
Cooperation political-cultural education ｜ Dr. Werner Friedrichs
Production Management ｜ Epona Hamdan
Production Management touring ｜Vera Nau
Dramaturgy Assistance ｜ Sebastian Klauke
Directing Assistance ｜ Lisa Homburger and Maximilian Pellert
Stage Assistance Maksim Chernykh
Production Assistance ｜ Federico Schwindt
Local Production ｜ SPAF
Local Assistant Director ｜ Gyohee Baek
Anchor Voice ｜ Yeonhee Cho
In-ear Voice ｜ Un-chul Baek, Ranhee Baek
Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel founded the theatre-label Rimini Protokoll in 2000 and have since worked in different constellations under this name. Work by work they have expanded the means of the theatre to create new perspectives on reality.
Rimini Protokoll often develop their stage-works, interventions, performative installations and audio plays together with experts who have gained their knowledge and skills beyond the theatre. Furthermore, they like to transpose rooms or social structures into theatrical formats. Many of their works feature interactivity and a playful use of technology.
In 2007, Rimini Protokoll was awarded with the Faust Theatre Prize. In 2008 it received the European prize “New Realities in Theatre”, and in 2011 the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale for performing arts. Both “Call Cutta in a Box” and the “Weltklimakonferenz” got a honorary mention by the jury of Ars Electronica. The multi-player video-installation "Situation Rooms" about the weapon-industry got the Excelence award of the 17th Japan Media Festival in 2013. And in 2015 Stefan Kaegi and Rimini Protokoll got the Grand Prix Theater/Hans-Reinhart-Ring.