Rimini Protokoll is one of the most in-demand set of theater makers in the world. It’s a bold statement to make, but one that we think is worthy. Here’s why:
*They create performance that question the very form of theater. One of their most lauded performances to date, Cargo Sofia, took 50 audience members on a ride through the city in a semitruck that had one clear wall and a stream of narration from truck drivers who had taken similar routes. Another performance, Call Cutta in a Box (occasionally subtitled "An Intercontinental Phone Play"), placed one audience member in a room with a phone that connected to a call center in Calcutta.
*It’s not just one director, it’s three: Stefan Kaegi, Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel. Sometimes they all work on one project, at other times they work in pairs or on their own.
*They were students of rockstar art maker Heiner Goebbels. The three were in the Institut fÃ¼r Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft under his leadership at the same time that they formed their collective
*Their performances are constantly touring. In the month of May they have 5 separate shows happening in Seattle, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon and Portugal.
Plus, you know, they're bringing a performance to OtB that involves 200 game controllers for the audience to use.