Teatro Español y Naves del Español

Conferencia de los ausentes

by Rimini Protokoll
Living arts
La conferencia de los ausentes ©Sebastian Hoppe
October 10, 2021
Friday to Sunday / 7pm
2h aprox.

There is a crisis! And in times of global crisis, it's all about global cooperation. Nevertheless, this time the crisis is being dealt with locally - on behalf of the world: at a conference that no one needs to book a flight or mount a train for. A performance to which the invited experts and speakers do not appear physically, but are represented by local people who only receive their script at the beginning of their presentation. In CONFERENCE OF THE ABSENT, the audience observes people from their own city as they take on the identity of an absent conference speaker.

Completely without CO2-emissions and bad Skype or Zoom connections, but with all the performative means of the theater, the contributions and contradicting theses on the consequences of globalization will be delivered into the theater space - and settle them within it.

The advantage of not being there - not having to be everywhere at all - becomes a joint play that can be experienced anew every evening. At the center of this game are people who become carriers of ideas and playfully acquire both biographies of experts as well as their thoughts. In this way, absence becomes an added value because it creates space for new enrollments and unexpected perspectives. Ghostwriters and speechwriters, co-authors and directors at the same time, Rimini Protokoll turns documentary co-authorship into remote directing.

Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel 


WARNING TO THE AUDIENCE: We inform our spectators that this show uses strobe lights and therefore may affect people with epilepsy.

Cast and Creative Team

By: Rimini Protokoll

Concept, text and direction: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi by Daniel Wetzel

Scenic space, video scene and lighting design: Marc Jungreithmeier

Sound design: Daniel Dorsch

Research and dramaturgy: Imanuel Schipper and Lüder Pit Wilcke

A production by Rimini Apparat

Cultural-political and educational cooperation: Dr. Werner Friedrichs

Co-produced with Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlín) and Goethe-Institut