State 1–4 | © Rimini Protokoll
BND-Kommunikationszentrale, Pullach | © Bundesnachrichtendienst, Martin Lukas Kim
Emscher-Baustelle (construction site) | Oberhausen Osterfeld Süd, Germany | © Mikko Gaestel
What stakeholders and networks are gaining influence in the post-democracy? Who is filling in the gaps left in the spheres once regulated by the three state authorities? The writer-director collective Rimini Protokoll surveys examples of post-democratic phenomena in four theatrical productions.
Democracy in crisis: although there has been a rise in citizen participation in decision-making processes and political bodies are elected fairly, do representatives, politicians and institutions act on behalf of the common good? Or are fears being corroborated that PR strategists and privately funded advisory and legal teams are snatching the reins from the hands of politicians to control an increasingly global society? And why do the latter, at the last moment and under great pressure, opt for the alleged only alternative?
With their series State 1–4, Rimini Protokoll set out to explore fields outside of what can be organized and controlled by the nation-state today. Rimini Protokoll look back at the essence of the powers whose separation was once intended to form the essential mechanism for monitoring state structures. To what extent are these powers still able to regulate the decisive impetuses for change faced by societies?
Top Secret International (State 1), coproduced by the Goethe-Institut, will premier on December 10, 2016 at Münchner Kammerspiele, followed by the US premiere in New York January 5, 2017 as part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. Gesellschaftsmodell Großbaustelle (State 2) will begin at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus on May 12, 2017, Träumende Kollektive (State 3) (working title) in the fall of 2017 at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden and Weltzustand Davos (State 4) January 2018 at the Schauspielhaus Zürich.
All four of the productions from the series commissioned by HKW will be performed in the spring of 2018 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Part of 100 Years of Now.
Concept, script, direction: Helgard Kim Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Dramaturge: Imanuel Schipper