The experience of getting lost in the city has become near impossible thanks to the abundance of easily available mapping technologies. Rather than find our way tentatively, wander along unfamiliar paths, we are led to our destinations by apps that guarantee robot-like precision and efficiency.
The avant-garde theatre collective Rimini Protokoll explores this new navigation experience with Remote X – a city specific tour that turns the urban space into a playground. A group of 50 people equipped with headphones is led along the streets of Jerusalem by a synthetic voice on an audiovisual journey that starts in a cemetery and ends in an unknown location. Accompanied by cinematic soundtrack, the streets of Jerusalem become a theatre set and we – the performers in it.
Remote X was carried out in many cities all over the world, bringing to the fore questions concerning our movement through the urban space, our activity and passivity, the possibility of individuals to become a group in an instant, and the tension between obedience and free choice. Rimini Protokoll has been working as a collective for 18 years, exploring original theatrical means and tools and expanding them to devise new perspectives on contemporary reality.
Concept, Script and Direction: Stefan Kaegi / Script and dramaturgy: Aljoscha Begrich / Script and direction (Jerusalem): Anton Rose / Sound design: Nikolas Neecke / Sound design (Jerusalem): Ekaterina Reshetnikova, Jascha Dormann / Production management: Caroline Gentz
Supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
*Departing from the entrance to Givat Ram Cemetery
*At the end of the tour, a shuttle will return the group to the meeting point