Artist talk The Documentary Theater of Rimini Protokoll

Helgard Kim Haug and Imanuel Schipper © Stephanie Pilick/HKW


Goethe-Institut New York

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New York, NY 10003

Helgard Kim Haug and Imanuel Schipper © Stephanie Pilick/HKW

To mark the US premiere of Rimini Protokoll’s latest production, Top Secret International (State 1), at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival on January 6, 2017, Helgard Kim Haug of Rimini Protokoll and Imanuel Schipper, dramaturge of the production, are in conversation with Gideon Lester, director of Bard College’s Theater and Performance Program.

The theater collective Rimini Protokoll is internationally known for its distinctive brand of documentary theater. By placing experts who share their personal stories and knowledge of subjects ranging from call-centers to international diplomacy at the center, their productions bring into focus the complex realities of modern society. In Top Secret International (State 1), an algorithmic-based interactive theater experience that will take place in the Egyptian Wing of the Brooklyn Museum, audience members will enter the global network of the intelligence community. During this evening event Haug and Schipper talk about the making of the piece, as well as other recent works by Rimini Protokoll.

Helgard Kim Haug studied applied theater science at the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Giessen, where she met Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel. Since 2000 the trio has worked collaboratively under the label Rimini Protokoll, creating groundbreaking stage productions, sound and radio plays, films, and installations that deal with the theatrical elements of our reality, placing experts instead of actors at the center.
Imanuel Schipper is a dramaturge, theatre and performance studies scholar, and curator. He has collaborated with Rimini Protokoll on numerous productions since 2002, including World Climate Change Conference (2014) and World Premiere: The Visit (2007). He has also worked with William Forsythe and Jérôme Bel. Schipper lectures on dramaturgy and aesthetics at Universities in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Norway.

Gideon Lester is Artistic Director for Theater and Dance at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where he is also director of the undergraduate Theater and Performance Program. He is the co-curator of Crossing the Line, a transdisciplinary arts festival in New York City

Top Secret International (State 1) is a production by Rimini Protokoll and Münchner Kammerspiele, in co-production with the Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, with support from Melbourne Festival.

Top Secret International (State 1) is co-initiated by the Goethe-Institut as part of Sensitive Data, a long-term international project that aims to advance international, interdisciplinary, and theoretical discourse and artistic exploration on and around surveillance and data capitalism. The Goethe-Institut’s partners are Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education, Münchner Kammerspiele, and Bard College.

Top Secret International (State 1) is the first piece in Rimini Protokoll’s series, State 1–4, a cooperation between Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Münchner Kammerspiele, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Schauspielhaus Zürich, and Rimini Protokoll, in the context of the HKW long-term project “100 Years of Now”. Funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.