Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly 13 – «SAFE vs. BRAVE?»

Art spaces between sanctuary and confrontation 

Contemporary stages have often become places to exhibit one's own injuries, traumas, or shame. Theater as a safer space - in the spirit of a concept that emerged in the USA in the 1960s in feminist and civil rights movements: A protected sphere in which one could communicate about one's own experiences, goals, and strategies without already being confronted with permanent opposition from those who already dominate all discourses. But as important as protection against insult, injury, and re-traumatization is – doesn't theater also have to be a brave space where there are no limits to freedom of expression, where everything can be discussed openly and radically? Perhaps, however, this oft-repeated juxtaposition is already following the wrong path.

Theatre maker Edit Kaldor’s “Inventory of Powerlessness“ created a brave space for people with a wide range of experiences, which also had to remain a safe space when encountering an audience. Curator and artist Julian Warner, working on the long breath of colonialism, demands complexity in the highly charged discussions around identity politics.

This episode of The Art of Assembly askes how a theatre can be safer and braver at the same time – behind the scenes as well as on stage. 

Language English
With Edit Kaldor & Julian Warner
Moderation Florian Malzacher


"The Art of Assembly" is a nomadic series of lectures and conversations investigating and speculating about the potential of assemblies in activism, art and politics. 
All former lectures and conversation, podcasts, videos and additional material can be found on the website

A series by Florian Malzacher and brut Wien
In cooperation with Wiener Festwochen, Münchner Kammerspiele, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, BIT Teatergarasjen, Goethe Institut, School of Resistance / NT Gent & Theater Neumarkt Zurich.

Edit Kaldor

Julian Warner

Florian Malzacher