HAUPTAKTION is an association for artistic research formed around the producer and dramaturg Hannah Saar, the cultural anthropologist Julian Warner and the theatre maker Oliver Zahn. HAUPTAKTION studies theatrical practices using ethnography, archive-based-research and embodiment and has an output of texts, theatre, lectures. Theatre works include “SITUATION WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM” (on the cultural history of the “Nazi salute”-gesture) and “SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER” (on minstrel dance, cultural appropriation and imitation). These pieces are theatrical essays, situated between choreography and historical study. They are being presented internationally. The name HAUPTAKTION is taken from the practice of German-speaking traveling theaters.