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.
With: Sara Tamburini
Voice: Helmut Becker
Concept: Oliver Zahn
Technical design: Jonaid Khodabakhshi/Dennis Kopp
A production by HAUPTAKTION with Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding and Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.