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Agora

A production by Schauspielhaus Vienna in coproduction with Wiener Festwochen
 
Premiere May 29, 2017
 
Realisation: Robert Misik
 
In what country do we want to live?
 
Democracy crisis, rise of the authoritarians, annoying elites and establishment. Democracy is looking dishevelled and raddled. And the public debates are polarised and increasingly stupid.
 
We need to talk, folks!
 
What it’s about:
 
Democracy as you have never seen it! This is exactly what we are doing on seven theatre evenings at Schauspielhaus in cooperation with Wiener Festwochen. It’s revolving around a simple question: „In what kind of country do we want to live?“
Because this is actually the question it is all about. The question we need to discuss.
 
What is happening:
Robert Misik, Milo Rau and the Schauspielhaus team will create an evening asking the questions: What state is democracy in? What does democracy actually mean? Does the European Union have a future? Will the society of decline pull us into the abyss? How will we manage: a society and a world in which one can live well? And where does all this chagrin come from? But during the main part of the evening you will have the floor.
 
Why we need YOU:
For an hour – or for a whole night -, Schauspielhaus is transformed into an „agora“. And YOU can have the word: Because when domocracy is the solution, then You have got the solution.“Agora“ was the town centre of the ancient polis and shall be revived in a performative way as social institution of a living democracy of citizens. Politicians, experts, political advisors as well as the ensemble of Schauspielhaus and the audience – normal citizens – are engaging in a conversation about the important topics of our times. Is it still possible at all that we as society have a conversation? Is there a consent, something in common considering all the polarisations? Controversies that are at best dealt with in soundbite culture and that normally allow the citizens to participate as a passive audience only – or not at all, are discussed seriously. Passions are welcome, but simple emotionalisation shall be avoided. There are clear rules of debate, just like in real parliament – at the beginning a speaker will explain the questions of the event. The chair will supervise the discussion. Experts will present their standpoints and the citizens – the audience – are asked to participate and to convince everyone of their standpoints.
 
Contribute beforehand!
Prepare. Work out what you want to say. Consider in advance: In what kind of country do I want to live? What shall a society look like I want to live in? What has got to change? Spontaneity is allowed of course and very welcome, but we all know that it is not easy to say impromptu what could be better – and how to achieve it.
 
Send us videos!
Or even better: make one in advance and send it to us. 100 seconds on: In what country do I want to live? Send it by email (agora@schauspielhaus.at), whatsapp or put it on youtube or facebook and send us the link.

Gäste aus Publizistik, Politik und Gesellschaft:

Coach August Ruhs Psychiater und Psychoanalytiker (am 29.5., 31.5., 7.6., 10.6.)
Spin-Doctor Stefan Petzner PR-Berater, ehemals Politiker (am 29.5., 31.5., 7.6., 10.6., 11.6., 13.6., 14.6.)

29. 5.
Input:
Philipp Blom Historiker und Autor
Chantal Mouffe Politikwissenschaftlerin und Philosophin
Möstafa Noori Kinderfreunde
Claus Pandi Journalist

31. 5.
Input:
Willi Mernyi Bundesgeschäftsführer der Fraktion Sozialdemokratischer Gewerkschafter*innen
Bernhard Damisch Jugendarbeiter
Can Gülcü Kulturschaffender und Aktivist
Livia Klingl Journalistin und Autorin

7.6.
Input:
Melisa Erkurt Journalistin
Erich Fenninger Bundesgeschäftsführer der Volkshilfe
Andreas Minnich Stadtrat Korneuburg (ÖVP)

10.6.
Input:
Hans Rauscher Journalist und Autor
Muamer Becirovic Jungpolitiker (ÖVP) und Journalist
Bernhard Heinzlmeier Jugendforscher
Katia Wagner Unternehmerin

11.6.
Input:
Kenan Güngör Soziologe
Claudia Gamon Nationalratsabgeordnete (NEOS)
Andreas Rabl Bürgermeister Wels (FPÖ)

13.6.
Input:
Ulrike Guérot Politikwissenschaftlerin und Publizistin
Ilkim Erdost Direktorin VHS Ottakring
Johannes Kopf Chef des AMS
Michael Ludwig Wohnbaustadtrat Wien (SPÖ)

14.6.
Input:
Bernhard Drumel Mediator & Coach
Ingrid Felipe Bundessprecherin der Grünen
Stefan Sengl Kommunikationsberater und im anstehenden Wahlkampf Head of Strategy und Communication der SPÖ

Produktionsteam

Cast: Simon Bauer, Steffen Link, Vassilissa Reznikoff
Author: Robert Misik
Directed by: Robert Misik
Realization: Robert Misik
Conceptual cooperation: Milo Rau
Stage: Michael Zerz
Costumes: Mirjam Ruschka
Dramaturgy: Tobias Schuster
Regieassistenz: Gabriel Zschache

Pressestimmen

"Gewitzt leiten drei Schauspieler (...) den Diskussionsabend Agora im Schauspielhaus ein. (...) Als Meinungsaustausch bei gutem Benehmen und Konzentration aufs Wesentliche war diese Agora mehr als ein anregender analoger Facebook-Ersatz." Der Standard
 
"Bei allen Sprecher*innen wird ein ehrliches Interesse an der Auseinandersetzung spürbar, ein ehrliches Interesse, die Standpunkte der anderen zu verstehen." Nachtkritik
 
"Eine gute Idee und durchaus an anderen Orten nachahmenswert" Deutschlandfunk Kultur

"Nicht dass es solche Diskussionsrunden am Theater nicht schon gäbe, man denke nur an die Reihen „Streitraum“ oder „Streit ums Politische“ an der Berliner Schaubühne. Allerdings hat dabei kaum jemand versucht, den Ball so direkt ins Publikum zu spielen. Dumm ist das nicht. Misik hat es im Schauspielhaus vorgemacht. Andere Theater werden mit Sicherheit folgen." der Freitag


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