BY Oliver Zahn, ONLY TWO PERFORMANCES
Director: Oliver Zahn
In a double performance Oliver Zahn presents two provocative as well as lucid productions which he describes with the genre term “essay performance”. In “Situation with Outstretched Arm” the young Munich director cooperates with performer Sara Tamburini in telling and analyzing the cultural history of a burdened symbol – the origin and use of the Hitler salute. The result is a concise study with footnotes about the politics of art and the art of politics. The successor “Situation with Lookalike” deals with the appropriation of “black” and other forms of minority dances in the pop culture and minstrel shows of the 19th century. What is the significance of dances? Do they belong to anybody, and who is then allowed to dance them? Together with the performer Julian Warner Oliver Zahn examines the construction of authenticity and the process of cultural appropriation in its various manifestations. “Situation with Lookalike” is staged in Munich for the first time.
Both plays are productions of the Theater Academy August Everding and students of stage directing at the Munich University of Music and Theater (headed by Prof. Sebastian Baumgarten). “Situation with Lookalike” was created in cooperation with the Ballhaus Ost Berlin.