Weltzustand Davos (Staat 4)

Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi) / Schauspielhaus Zürich, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin 2017/2018

The final part of the tetralogy Staat 1-4 uses the example of the World Economic Forum in Davos to look at a series of recurring, privately organized, global meetings of the world’s elite who, in their intense and select gatherings, aim to control the fates of the future as well as relationships of ownership and power. 

Once every year, those in political power meet with the CEOs of the most important corporations in the small town of Davos in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum (WEF). The forum is “committed to improving the state of the world.” However, participation in this elitist annual meeting – sponsored and organized by a private foundation – is only possible on invitation and after payment of a hefty conference fee. Sealed off politically and militarily and observed by countless journalists, this spectacle of the elites takes place outside of any state or civil society control or regulation.

This examination is set at the Schauspielhaus Zürich, not far from the Zürich Kloten Airport, which, during the World Economic Forum, becomes the parking lot of the private jets of the VIPs who take helicopters from here to Davos.

" All dieses Treiben geht über der Silhouette der Gipfelkette auf: Bühnenbildner Dominic Huber hat tolle Arbeit geleistet. Die Landeanflüge, das Gewusel in der Kongresshalle, die Hotels, Schnappschüsse von Politikern von Nelson Mandela bis Xi Jinping, Statistiken: Alles wird aufs Rundpanorama gebeamt (Video: Mikko Gaestel). Rimini Protokoll – inszeniert haben Helgard Haug und Stefan Kaegi – präsentiert eine Unmenge Material und lässt die Experten nicht bloss die persönliche Story schildern, sondern die globalen Verwerfungen. " Tages-Anzeiger, Zürich

 Weltzustand Davos at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Congress Hall, Berlin

Weltzustand Davos at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Congress Hall, Berlin

A production by Rimini Protokoll and the Schauspielhaus Zürich as part of 100 Years of Now.

Concept, script, direction: Helgard Kim Haug, Stefan Kaegi
Stage: Dominic Huber
Music: Tomek Kolczynski
Video: Mikko Gaestel
Dramaturgy: Imanuel Schipper, Karolin Trachte
With: Ganga Jey Aratnam, Otto Brändli, Hans Peter Michel, Cécile Molinier, Sofia Sharkova 

Weltzustand Davos (State 4) is part of the series State 1-4, a cooperation between Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Münchner Kammerspiele, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Schauspielhaus Zürich, and Rimini Protokoll, as part of 100 Years of Now, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag. State 1 was co-initiated by the Goethe-Institut.