Mar 1-25, 2018 / Thur 1-5.45 pm, Fri 1-3.45 pm, Sat & Sun 12-3.45 pm / Duration 90 min / Entry every 15 min / All performances in German and English
What do states keep secret? What secrets do other states attempt to uncover with their intelligence services? How is this information passed on, compiled, evaluated? When can state secrets become valuable currency? The value of every piece of information changes at the very moment it is shared with someone else: when does it become worthless? And is it predictable?
In times of global surveillance scandals, purported no-spy agreements and increasing numbers of whistleblower platforms, with Top Secret International (State 1) Rimini Protokoll enter the global web of state secrets and secret services – the state within the state. In the first part of the tetralogy, which will deal with post-democratic phenomena for two years, an algorithm and a smartphone turn audience members into inconspicuous agents. Playing the role of journalists, visitors will listen in on investigations by foreign intelligence services, put themselves in the shoes of a whistleblower or be fitted with a legend. Between statues in a museum, they can hardly be singled out from other museum visitors. Using subtle gestures, purposeful movements, they access files and archives that open gradually; biographies from politics, journalism and espionage, globally active individuals with security clearance and activists mark out the playing field. The audience members watch and track one another, contact one another, form coalitions or refuse to connect.
Concept, script, direction | Helgard Kim Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Dramaturgy | Imanuel Schipper
Interaction design | Steffen Klaue
System development | Stefan Curow, Martin Ohmann
With the Voices of the Experts | Jacob Appelbaum (journalist and computer security specialist), Kai Biermann (investigative journalist, Zeit Online), William Binney (former NSA technical director), Jonathan Bloch (lawyer, author), Amir F. (unofficial collaborator of the Iranian secret service), Michael George (Cyber-Allianz Zentrum Bayern, Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution), André Hahn (deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Control Panel of the Bundestag, member of the Bundestag Die Linke), John Kiriakaou (former CIA employee), Max M. (freelance collaborator, BND), Bill Marczak (University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab), Plato (Greek philosopher), Avi Primor (former Israeli ambassador to Germany), Eric Rabe (Hacking Team), Anne Roth (political scientist, adviser for the Die Linke party in the NSA investigative committee), Gerhard Schindler (former BND president), James Shortt (ex-KGB), Gwenyth Todd (former White House security adviser), Kosta Tsetsos (conflict researcher, Bundeswehruniversität), Ben Wizner (lawyer, American Civil Liberties Union), Jannis X. (member of the secret police, Greece), a lawyer, a surveillance expert, and a dissident from China
Speakers in German | Katja Bürkle, Peter Brombacher, Anna Drexler, Wiebke Puls
Speakers in English | Damian Rebgetz, Mona Vojacek Koper
Research, interviews, translations, text collaboration | Shahab Anousha, Kefei Cao, Timothy Carlson, Uwe Gössel, Alexander Manuiloff
Third Eye Dramaturgy Staat 1–4 | Imanuel Schipper
Translation | Kirsten Riesselmann (German), Justina Bartoli (English)
Sound | Martin Sraier-Krügermann,
Sound mastering | Peter Breitenbach
Technical director | Hans Leser, Sven Nichterlein
Collaboration | Robert Läßig
Props | Dido Govic, Lena Mody, Katharina Schütz
Director’s assistance | Anta-Helena Recke
Dramaturgy assistance | Anna Königshofer
Production assistance | Anna Florin, Annette Müller
Intern | Franceska Rieker
Troubleshooter Berlin | Caspar Schirdewahn, Valentin Steinhäuser, Julius Florin
‘Top Secret International (State 1)’ is a production of Rimini Protokoll and the Münchner Kammerspielen, in co-production with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Goethe-Institut, with support from the Melbourne Festival.
State 1 is part of the production series State 1-4, a cooperation between the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, the Schauspielhaus Zürich, and Rimini Protokoll, as part of 100 Years of Now, a long-term project of the HKW. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in accordance with a ruling of the German Bundestag. State 1 was co-initiated by the Goethe-Institut as part of Sensitive Data, a long-term international project by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education, Münchner Kammerspiele, and Bard College. In collaboration with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, with special thanks to the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung.