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A Lecture Performance by DARUM

in cooperation with WERK X-Petersplatz




In March 2019, DARUM and its audience embarked on a performative search for traces: five unique, one-time-only premieres questioned the various fates of people buried at "lonely funerals" and placed the deceased themselves at the centre of attention.

Based on "Uninvited Guests" and the months of research on "lonely burials", DARUM takes a step back and subjects its questions on the topic to a larger examination. For weeks, the collective traveled through various districts of Vienna, knocked on doors, talked to neighbors and former acquaintances, with authorities and social institutions, were confronted with the traces of foreign lives and the bureaucracy of death. What do names, dates of birth and death tell us, what value do last addresses hold? What does a silent grave tell us? What does it mean for a society to remember its dead while forgetting its living? What do we see? And what do we not see? And more importantly: what remains? The lecture performance is an act of seeing, of understanding - based on photos, documents, videos and memories.

"Uninvited Guests" and "What's left?" were nominated for the NESTROY Special Prize 2019 and invited to the Impulse Theater Festival 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19). For the Impulse Festival 2021, the production was reinvented as an innovative online installation called "404-TOTLINK".


Photo: Alexander Gotter

4 Performance Dates

Premiere: Monday, June 17th 2019

WERK X-Petersplatz
(Petersplatz 1, 1010 Vienna)

Starts at 8pm

Further dates: Wed. 19, Fri. 21, Sun. 23 June



3 Performance Dates

Remount Premiere: Friday, October 16th 2020

WERK X-Petersplatz
(Petersplatz 1, 1010 Vienna)

Starts at 8pm (Sun at 3pm)

Further dates: Sat. 17 and Sun. 18. October

Duration: approx. 90 minutes  

Cast & Creatives​

Artistic direction and performance (alphabetical) DARUM (Laura Andreß | Victoria Halper | Kai Krösche) Stage design consultation & construction Matthias Krische Text & concept (Part 1): Kai Krösche Text & concept (Part 2): Victoria Halper Text & concept (Part 3): Kai Krösche, Victoria Halper & Laura Andreß Music & sound design: Kai Krösche Videos: Kai Krösche & Victoria Halper Production Siglind Güttler, Bernhard Werschnak (ProSiBe) Press: Patrizia Büchele, Birgit Wagner (WERK X-Petersplatz) Special thanks: Hannes Benedetto Pircher and Herbert Winklehner

Nominated for the Nestroy Special Prize 2019.


Funded by SHIFT, the Department of Culture of the City of Vienna and the Inner City District.

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Photos: Alexander Gotter

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