Festival book; unlike a programme, it sets out in search of a different kind of closeness – and finds it through contributions written by programmed artists, artist portraits, theoretical comments dealing with this year's leitmotif, “Wir schaffen das”, essays, reports or series of pictures.
Festival dates: 23 September – 16 October 2015.
In English and German.
This volume is inspired and informed by the square-squattings and neighborhood assemblies of the “real democracy” movements as well as by recent explorations of the assembly form in performance art and participatory theater.
The publication is comprised of eight essays, two interviews, and 15 case studies of political theatre makers, and investigates the performing arts as a political laboratory of the present. It explores how theatre, dance, and performance reveal their essential agnosticism, provoking the potential to actively change society rather than merely serving as a cover-up for the dysfunctions, fractures, and wounds of society.