Annual Shareholders Meeting

By Helgard Haug / Stefan Kaegi / Daniel Wetzel

On the 8th of April 2009 Rimini Protokoll invited theatregoers to one of the most elaborate performances of the season: the Daimler Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in the ICC Berlin.

This time actual direction was not carried out by Rimini Protokoll but the Investor Relations Team of the Stuttgart corporation.
A huge, blue screen is erected in front of approx. 8,000 shareholders. In front of it, slightly elevated, sit one part of the ensemble: 6 members of the Board of Management and 20 members of the Supervisory Board. Behind the screen, dozens of back-office prompters work on providing whispered answers for every question put to the performers. The other part of the ensemble consists of the company’s shareholders: proud shareholders, dividend-hungry shareholders, predatory shareholders, tourist shareholders, critical shareholders (...). The press and the Investor Relations staff also play along. The piece begins at 9 in the morning and only ends late in the evening with the ratification and approval of the Board of Management. “We create value” the Chairman of the Supervisory Board assured the shareholders in 2008 – and then the share prices hit rock bottom...
Rimini Protokoll bought shares and sought out shareholders who would transfer their invitations in order to provide as many theatregoers as possible with admission to this performance.

Rimini Protokoll produced a theatre programme for the performance and also arranged ‘niche discussions’ in the foyer.

Hauptversammlung | Beitrag Kulturzeit (3Sat) & Tagesthemen (ARD) 

by Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Research and dramaturgy: Sebastian Brünger
assistance: Dorit Abiry
production: Heidrun Schlegel
Performance: 8.4.2009 ICC Berlin
A Production of Rimini Apparat in coproduction with Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, supported by Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten