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Techno, film, theatre, literature and the visual arts combine here to form a world of their own. The public are invited to explore it as they wish: they may come and go, simply watch or become part of it, they can eat, dance or take a sauna with the actors and think about new forms of living together.

About the production

What might a fairer world look like? How can we create this more environmentally conscious, peaceful society that is aware of the gaping emptiness inside it and can draw its own conclusions from the realisation that the concept of freedom cannot be linked only to individual advancement but also social progress? What story of tomorrow might be created? How can community be achieved despite all the current moves towards radicalisation?

Members of the multilingual ensemble around the director, video artist and raver Łukasz Twarkowski have conducted an experiment on themselves. For several weeks, they followed the example set by previous dropouts in human history, stepping away from time, cutting themselves off from everyday concerns, retreating into the forests of Lithuania and addressing existential questions, as well as their desperation and desires. Twarkowski followed this process with his camera, and from this material, together with the writer Joanna Bednarczyk, the visual artist Fabien Lédé, the composer Bogumil Misala, DJ SPECTRIBE, the choreographer Pawel Sakowicz and the performers, he created a complex picture of the present, with all its social challenges and individual needs. This has now yielded a six-hour mockumentary for the stage that selects perspectives from the past and the future in order to view our own time.

Techno, film, theatre, literature and the visual arts combine here to form a world of their own. The public in the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum are invited to explore it as they wish: they may come and go, simply watch or become part of it, they can eat, dance or take a sauna with the actors and think about new forms of living together. In the end, the rave stands as an act of subcultural resistance against the impotence of our time.

Produced by Lithuania National Drama Theatre.
Co-produced by Münchner Kammerspiele.

Ruhrtriennale 2022 – Trailer: Respublika
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