What remains of us after we die? How can memories be staged?
Stefan Kaegi accompanied eight people who, for different reasons, have decided to prepare their farewell. Thus, in collaboration with the set designer Dominic Huber, spaces were created that tell the story of what remains of people when they are no longer there: an EU ambassador documents a foundation that will continue her work in Africa when she is gone. A Zurich-based Muslim organises the repatriation of his body to his hometown of Istanbul. A German banker near the end of his life reflects on the role he played in National Socialism. A researcher into dementia realises that he does not want to live with the disease that he himself has researched his whole life long. A base jumper takes out a term life insurance for his family, so that in case of his death, he will not leave behind a financial mess. And a ninety-year-old employee wonders what story the photographs of her life will tell.
“Nachlass” is like a 21st-century pyramid or mausoleum, which has been designed by its future owner: here, eight contemporary positions illustrate what legacy and heritage mean today. What do we want to pass on to the people we love, and what do we want to leave for the society we live in? The audience enters eight immersive spaces, accompanied by voices, objects and images as well as the limits of their own existence, at the place where the baton is passed on to the next generation.
Part of the programme Limits of Knowing
Concept Rimini Protokoll (STEFAN KAEGI / DOMINIC HUBER)
Text STEFAN KAEGI
Scenography DOMINIC HUBER
Video BRUNO DEVILLE
Dramaturgy KATJA HAGEDORN
Sound FRÉDÉRIC MORIER
Assistant director MAGALI TOSATO, DÉBORAH HELLE (internship)
Assistant set CLIO VAN AERDE, MARINE BROSSE (internship)
Technical design and installation construction Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne
Production Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne
Coproduction Rimini Apparat, Schauspielhaus Zurich, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy et la Bâtie Festival de Genève dans le cadre du program INTERREG France-Suisse 2014-2020, Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg-scène européenne, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Dresden State Theater, Caroline Performing Arts
With the support of Pro Helvetia - Fondation suisse pour la culture Fondation Casino Barriere, Montreux, Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs
Picture: Rimini Protokoll: “Nachlass – Pièces sans personnes”
© Samuel Rubio