A search for traces by DARUM

in cooperation with WERK X-Petersplatz

Approximately 500 people are buried each year in Vienna at "lonely burials" without the presence of relatives. Who were these people? What did they do - and what did they like? What did they believe in? Were they lonely at all? And how can we get closer to a person we never knew?


Based on their principle that every human being deserves to live on or be remembered through fiction, the collective DARUM sets out  to search for traces. Beginning in the theatre space of the WERK X-Petersplatz, followed by a bus ride that takes the audience from Vienna's centre to the outskirts of the city where the central cemetary is located. In five one-time-only performances, the audience learns about a real deceased by piecing together fragments of his or her life and together remember the life of someone who no one remembered during their funeral. Uninvited Guests is about loneliness, death and the impenetrability of human existence.

In June 2019, DARUM reflected on this unique performance series as well as the themes of death and dying in the lecture performance Uninvited Guests: What's left?.

Five Premieres:

Sun. 24.03.2019, 12.00 Uhr - with an audiowalk by Emre Akal

Tues. 26.03.2019, 14.00 Uhr - with an audiowalk by Mario Schlembach

Thurs. 28.03.2019, 14.00 Uhr - with an audiowalk by Alexandra Pâzgu

Sat. 30.03.2019, 12.00 Uhr - with an audiowalk by Andrea Imler

Sun. 31.03.2019, 12.00 Uhr - with an audiowalk by Thomas Perle


Duration: approximately 4 hours (includes a small meal).

Idea Kai Krösche Artistic Directors & Text DARUM (Laura Andreß | Victoria Halper | Kai Krösche) Performance Laura Andreß, Victoria Halper, Nora Jacobs, Kai Krösche Room & Costume Design Julia Grevenkamp Text Emre Akal, Andrea Imler, Alexandra Pâzgu, Thomas Perle, Mario Schlembach Music Composition Kai Krösche Videos Victoria Halper Vocals Laura Andreß Voice Acting Audiowalks Gunther Hölbl, Andrea Imler, Nora Jacobs, Aenne Schwarz, Helmut Wiesinger Music/Sound Audiowalks Arthur Fussy Guitar Sebastian Schley Production Siglind Güttler, Bernhard Werschnak Presse Patrizia Büchele, Birgit Wagner (WERK X-Petersplatz) Assistent of the Artistic Directors und Production Armin Kirchner Assistent of the Room & Costume Design Christoph Steininger Consultation Game Design Philipp Ehmann (Play:Vienna) Catering Darija Kasalo / Ungargrill



„The team succeeded in a reverent discussion with due seriousness. A theatrical experience that will have a long lasting effect.“ WIENER ZEITUNG


„A touching, tender project that lives up to the attribute 'immersive': Whoever gets involved in it, is fully immersed in a perhaps real, certainly past life.“ FALTER (Best of the Week, 1st Place)


„An experience that playfully provokes thoughts on memory and loneliness“ DIE PRESSE

Nominated for the Nestroy Special Award 2019.

This project was funded by SHIFT, the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna and the first district of Vienna.

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Photos: Alexander Gotter

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