What remains after we are dead? The German word «Nachlass» literally means «leave behind». Stefan Kaegi from the theatre collective Rimini Protokoll accompanied eight people who for different reasons have decided to prepare their farewell. In collaboration with the stage designer Dominic Huber, they built eight impressive spaces. Inside the protagonists tell, in their absence, the story of what remains when they are no longer there. An ambassador documents a foundation that will continue her work in Africa when she is gone. A Muslim in Zurich organises the return of his corpse to his hometown, Istanbul. A German banker near the end of his life reflects over the role he played in National Socialism. Each audience member is invited to visit eight rooms designed as thresholds between presence and absence.
«Nachlass» presents eight contemporary positions on what heritage and legacy mean today. How does our legislation affect the planning of individual estates? 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?
This intense project is on tour in four different European cities in the following weeks:
1-16 December 2017: Rennes, France, Théâtre National de Bretagne
10-20 January 2018: Milan, Italy, Piccolo Teatro
25-28 January 2018: Switzerland, Fribourg, Théâtre Nuithonie
2-4 February: Switzerland, Lugano, Lugano in Scena, LAC