By Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel

The Project
Where does Vienna stop being a stage? Rimini Protokoll rummaged through Vienna’s diplomacy and representation at the Schwarzenbergplatz with research and background conversations. In doing so they created an ensemble of performers who aren’t actors, but their own performers, representatives of their own story of life, ambassadors of their offices and memories. The rehearsals and research were equally negotiations about what could be said and what couldn’t, about protocol and its fringes, about the country and its borders, the public image and its counterpart in background conversations. At the Schwarzenbergplatz, they collected subjective highlights of the semantic field which is created when nations meet at the Hofburg, in the shop window, at a conversation by the fire place , at the Green Border. How does a country sign the biographies of its performers? 

By: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
With: Brigitte Hörbinger Divorced wife of a Consul General, Ulrike Zimmel Owner “Fahnen Christl”, (Banner Christl), Horst Fischer secretary to a Honorary Consulate General, former driver of the multinational representation company based in Vienna, Hofrat Dr. Willfried Kovárnik Head of the Aliens Branch of the Police in Vienna, Major Thomas Mader Administration of Arms of the Federal Army, former Commander of the Honorary Guard, Adrian Weygand Expert in strategy games, son of a Diplomat, free-lance employee for US embassies, Martin Thelen Office for Foreign Affairs, Department of Justice, former employee of the consulate, Vice-Consul of Lagos amogst others, Dr. Wolfgang Wolte retired ambassador, member of “Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik (Society of Austrian European Politics)

Stage assistant: Viktoria Rautscher

Dramaturgy: Andreas Beck

Premiere: Burgtheater Wien, Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, December 4 2004