Rimini Protokoll: Society under Construction (State 2)



26 September

20:00 – 22:00

Nationaltheatret, Johanne Dybwads plass 1, Oslo

Organiser The National Theatre of Norway and Oslo Architecture Triennale

Photo: ©Benno Tobler

Photo: ©Benno Tobler

by Stefan Kaegi.

What do major construction sites reveal about today’s society? The unfinished Berlin airport, the never-ending A3 freeway project in Italy, the soccer arenas in Qatar, the Government quarter in Oslo; delayed completions and cost adjustments, the complex interdependencies of private and public stakeholders, the invisible links in the entire world…. Why do states build and for whom? By participation or master plan? In the second part of the tetralogy about post-democratic phenomena, Rimini Protokoll looks at large construction sites as models for the current constitution of society.

The audience follows eight experts on construction site tours across several simultaneous stages. A Romanian construction worker takes the audience with him to lay tiles and talk about overtime and illicit employment. An investment consultant draws up a cost-benefit analysis for investments in “concrete gold.” A lawyer shows the audience how to fight supplementary claims by subcontractors. The former smoke extraction engineer for Berlin’s BER airport reconstructs the ruins of his building site. An attorney takes a look behind the scenes of corruption cases in Norway. An economist oversees Singapore as a master plan for post-fossil construction. And a biologist shows how ant colonies build more successfully than humans.

Rimini Protokoll translates the interlaced network of international investors, construction consortiums and contractors, public interests and outsourced suppliers into a large, navigable spatial model.

The series State 1-4 is a cooperation between Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Schauspielhaus Zürich and Rimini Protokoll as part of 100 Years of Now, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.

The guest performance of Society under Construction (State 2) in Oslo is funded by KORO and produced in collaboration with The National Theatre of Norway.

With Sonja-Verena Breidenbach, Dieter Läpple, Fang-Yun Lo, Alfredo Di Mauro, Jürgen Mintgens, Marius Ciprian Popescu, Viviane Pavillon, Reiner Pospischil

Concept / script / direction: Stefan Kaegi
Stage designer: Dominic Huber
Video: Mikko Gaestel
Music: Fabian Schulz
Technical director Touring: Sven Nichterlein
Light: Konstantin Sonneson
Light Touring: André Schulz
Video Operator Touring: Stéphane Janvier
Sound: Peter Breitenbach, Joseph Baader
Pandoras Box: Mark Jungreithmeyer
Directors assistant: David Schnaegelberger
Stage assistant: Iason Kondylis Roussos
Production management Tour: Anna Florin
Third Eye, Dramaturge Staat 1-4: Imanuel Schipper

The event might be photographed/filmed for public use.