Rimini Protokoll (Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel)

Conference of the Absent


German /  approx. 120 mins.

In the face of a global crisis, the “Conference of the Absent” is 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. 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. Completely without CO2 emissions and bad Skype or Zoom connections, but with all the performative means of the theatre, the contributions and contradicting theses on the consequences of globalization will be delivered into the theatre 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 centre of “Conference of the Absent” there 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.


Concept, text & direction: Rimini Protokoll, Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel / Video & light design: Marc Jungreithmeier / Music: Daniel Dorsch / Research & dramaturgy: Imanuel Schipper, Lüder Pit Wilcke / With the voice of: Mmakgosi Kgabi / With the prompter voices of: Joschua Lerner, Melissa Holroyd / Collaboration political-cultural education: Dr. Werner Friedrichs / Production management: Epona Hamdan / Production management (touring): Vera Nau / Technical direction: Marc Jungreithmeier / Sound Operator: Aaron Ghantus / Assistance direction: Lisa Homburger, Maximilian Pellert / Assistance dramaturgy: Sebastian Klauke / Assistance set design: Maksim Chernykh / Collaboration production: Federico Schwindt / Assistance direction (Berlin Performances): Linn Günther / Collaboration set design (Berlin Performances): Gabi Bartels


  • Past
    Wed 23.11.2022, 20:00 / HAU2
    Thu 24.11.2022, 20:00 / HAU2
    Fri 25.11.2022, 20:00 / HAU2
    Sat 26.11.2022, 20:00 / HAU2
    Tue 4.4.2023, 19:00 / HAU2
    Wed 5.4.2023, 19:00 / HAU2
    Thu 6.4.2023, 19:00 / HAU2

Read the programme booklet here.


Production: Rimini Apparat. Co-Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Goethe-Institut. The concept creation was funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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