100% Zurich

- A statistical chain reaction

By Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel

By the end of 2011 Zurich had 390’082 inhabitants. 196’802 of them were female, 193'280 were male. 6% were under age 6, 16% were over 65 years old. Only 1% lived inside the Kreis 1, whereas 8% lived in the Kreis 2. 2.9% were divorced and 5% were married...
In statistics people are gathered in pieces of pie, bars and curves that are used for political argumentations and economic cost-benefit strategies. What if those statistics had faces? What would it look like if Zurich were represented on stage by 100 people, a select population capable of making statistically relevant statements? How many of them are teachers, how many are top earners, and how many are unemployed? How many of them have saved a life, how many party all night long?

For this project, the German/Swiss directors trio Rimini Protokoll is looking for 100 persons who exactly represent a population that was elaborated by the City of Zurich Department of Statistics. Each one of them represents 3'900 inhabitants of Zurich on stage. 
«100% Zurich» features a performer with 100 heads playing Zurich: a choir that hasn’t studied any songs, a survey construction that is continually reconfigured in to new group situations, ephemeral portraits of belonging and antagonisms, a parliament of residents on 100 m² of stage.


Concept: Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel)
Direction: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Stage design: Marc Jungreithmeier, Mascha Mazur
Lighting and projection design: Marc Jungreithmeier
Project management and direction assistance: Romy Rüegger, Nadine Tobler
Project management assistance: Josefine Stähli
With 100 Zurichers

«100% Zürich» builds on an idea that Rimini Protokoll created for the Hebbel Theater in Berlin in 2008 and has since redeveloped in Vienna, Mannheim, Cologne, Melbourne, Athens and London.
A production by Rimini Apparat in co-production with Gessnerallee Zürich. Supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Georg und Bertha Schwyzer-Winiker-Stiftung, Avina Stiftung, Migros-Kulturprozent, Statistik Stadt Zürich.