Auf der Bühne sitzt ein Mann auf einem Sessel. Um ihn herum Pflanzen, kleine Tische und ein Sofa. Über ihm hängt eine große Leinwand, auf der die Szene auf der Bühne projiziert wird.
Eine Frau mit de Rücken zur Kamera steht auf einer recht leeren Bühne, auf der noch ein Redepult steht. Die Menschen auf der Zuschauer:innentribüne sind alle von ihren Plätzen erhoben und bewegen sich.
Eine Person steht hinter einem Redepult und hält einen Zettel in die Höhe vor das Gesicht auf dem steht „Ich kann sie nicht wieder sehen“.
Zwei Frauen stehen mit großem Abstand hintereinander auf der Bühne und haben beide Kopfhörer auf. Auf der Bühne befindet sich außerdem ein langer roter Teppich, eine Pflanze und ein Sessel, aber nur schemenhaft erkennbar.
(c) Sebastian Hoppe

There is a crisis! And in times of global crisis, global cooperation is key. On behalf of the world, the crisis is handled locally this time: at a conference that no one needs to book a flight or mount a train for. This is 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 carbon emissions and bad Skype connections, but with all the performative means of the theater, the contradicting contributions on the consequences of globalization will be delivered into the theater space – and settled within it. The advantage of not being there – not having to be everywhere at once – becomes playful interaction that can be experienced afresh every evening. At the center of this game are people who become carriers of ideas. They acquire biographies of experts as well as their thoughts in a ludic fashion. In this way, absence becomes an added value because it creates space for new and unexpected perspectives. Behind the scenes, Rimini Protokoll operate as ghostwriters and speechwriters, co-authors and directors who turn documentary co-authorship into remote directing.

From 14 years
Language: German
Duration: 120 min

Admission ends 10 minutes before the start of the show.

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