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Oliver Zahn

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 that was invented in painting, popularized in theatre and again and again instrumentalized 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.

29+30 September, Steirischer Herbst, Graz (Austria)

22 November 2018


Oliver Zahn *1989, is a theatre maker. He created a trilogy of “situations”, the parts of which are touring successfully. For SITUATION WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM, he is nominated in 2015 as Best Emering Artist in Theater Heute’s critics poll. SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER (co-created with Julian Warner) was shown at Veem in 2017 as part of Batard Festival Amsterdam.

 2015 he co-founded  HAUPTAKTION, an association for artistic research.

Created by:
Oliver Zahn

Sara Tamburini

Helmut Becker

Technical Design:
Jonaid Khodabakhshi

A production by:
HAUPTAKTION with Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding and Hochschule für Musik und Theater München