Oliver Zahn / HAUPTAKTION (DE)

Situation with Outstretched Arm

Written and directed by Oliver Zahn

essay performance


Original title: Situation mit ausgestrecktem Arm


Performed by Sara Tamburini


Voice: Helmut Becker

Technical director: Dennis Kopp

Situation with Outstretched Arm deals with the (art-)history of a contaminated gesture: the saluto romano, the olympic salute, the Bellamy salute, the German salute, the Hitler salute. This gesture – as a symbol invented in painting, popularised in theatre and again and again instrumentalised by nationalist movements – hovers constantly on the border of artistic and political action. On this basis, the performance negotiates how we deal with the immaterial heritage of our collective pasts, the relation of power and staging, as well as the choreographic disciplining of bodies. A duet for one performer and one voice, a study with footnotes on the politics of art and the art of politics.


Opening night: 15 February 2015

Duration: 42 minutes

In German with English, Hungarian and Romanian surtitles




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