(c) Heinrich Brinkmöller-Becker / Ruhrtriennale 2018
Fri 14 Sep Thu 20 Sep
Theatre / Story Ballet / Performance

No President. A story ballet of enlightenment in two immoral acts

Nature Theater of Oklahoma
14 Sep
20 Sep

It’s not easy being a security guard today, with mortal danger lurking around every corner. A public gathering such as a theatre performance is a particularly seductive target for an attack. Which is why a security company has been hired – to make sure everyone stays safe. But is merely protecting ever enough, in a world where everything – even security – aspires to show-business?

Here a small but successful security company staffed with former actors has been hired to protect a certain precious theatre curtain – and whatever mystery it conceals behind it. But things are about to get out of hand as the guards find themselves infiltrated by a rival security company composed of ex-ballet dancers, who are not only artistically more up to date, but also faster and cheaper, and who want to take over this important gig at any cost.

In the end, as always in this contemporary world – where all conflicts are resolved through violence and cannibalism – life plays its fickle games of friendship, love, betrayal, and finally, we hope, re- demption.



 With their unique mix of full-hearted theatre play, conceptual strength, and perplexing use of modernist art strategies the off-off- off-Broadway company Nature Theater of Oklahoma has become one of the most discussed and influential American groups of recent years. After a move into filmmaking, the directors Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska, always looking for new challenges and borders to cross, now return to live theatre with some of their old acclaimed cast members. Together with actors from Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, Nature Theater challenges its performers with a furious choreography that draws from almost everything on offer: ballet, silent film, slapstick, predatory animal behaviour, and some virtuosic modern dance inventions accompanied in proper style by the music of The Nutcracker.


A free bus transfer runs on the 14th, 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th of September
from Essen main station (departure 18.00 clock, detention bay in front of Haus der Technik) to Maschinenhalle Zweckel and back.

Please reserve a seat at +49 (0) 221 28 02 10. A seat reservation is possible at the latest by 15.00 the day before. Unreserved seats can be directly booked at the bus (but there is no guarantee of a free seat).

Further Information

Introduction 45 minutes prior to show

Artist talk 15th of September after the performance

A production by Ruhrtriennale and Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus.

Language information: English with German surtitles.


Text, Direction, Choreography Kelly Copper Pavol Liska
Stage Design Ansgar Prüwer
Costume Design Jenny Theisen
Light Design Maarten Warmerdam
Dramaturgy Florian Malzacher
With Ilan Bachrach Tale Dolven Gabel Eiben Robert Johanson Alexej Lochmann Bence Mezei
Corps de Ballet Gustavo de Oliveira Leite Laron Janus Raymond Jin Pin Joana Kern Hannah Krebs Marlena Meier Anna Schneider Julia Schirazi-Rad Philip Wiehagen


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