A production by Schauspielhaus
Vienna in coproduction with Wiener Festwochen
Premiere May 29, 2017
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?“
this is actually the question it is all about. The question we need to discuss.
What is happening:
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
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.)
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 AutorChantal Mouffe Politikwissenschaftlerin und PhilosophinMöstafa
Noori KinderfreundeClaus Pandi Journalist31. 5.Input: Willi Mernyi Bundesgeschäftsführer der Fraktion Sozialdemokratischer
Gewerkschafter*innenBernhard Damisch JugendarbeiterCan Gülcü Kulturschaffender
und AktivistLivia Klingl Journalistin und Autorin7.6.Input: Melisa Erkurt JournalistinErich Fenninger
Bundesgeschäftsführer der VolkshilfeAndreas Minnich Stadtrat Korneuburg (ÖVP)10.6.Input: Hans Rauscher Journalist
und AutorMuamer Becirovic Jungpolitiker (ÖVP) und JournalistBernhard Heinzlmeier
JugendforscherKatia Wagner Unternehmerin11.6.Input: Kenan Güngör SoziologeClaudia Gamon Nationalratsabgeordnete
(NEOS)Andreas Rabl Bürgermeister Wels (FPÖ)13.6.Input: Ulrike Guérot Politikwissenschaftlerin und PublizistinIlkim Erdost Direktorin VHS OttakringJohannes Kopf Chef des AMSMichael Ludwig Wohnbaustadtrat Wien (SPÖ)14.6.Input:
Mediator & CoachIngrid Felipe Bundessprecherin
der GrünenStefan Sengl
Kommunikationsberater und im anstehenden Wahlkampf Head of Strategy und
Communication der SPÖ