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With the General Assembly Milo Rau and the International Institute of Political Murder complete their work on the matter of the political and artistic conditions of global realism. From November 3-5, 2017, one hundred years after the October Revolution, 60 delegates from across the globe will meet with the intention of challenging the newly elected German parliament – representative of all of those who are affected by German policy but who lack a political voice. The first world parliament in the history of mankind, accompanied by a group of international political observers, will conclude with the passing of the “Charter for the 21st Century”.
From the labor and feminist movement to Occupy Wall Street to current populism, the demand for adequate representation is constitutive of almost all political movements. This refers to its pivotal but always precarious status in any democracy: Who is represented in the political sphere – and who isn’t? When the assembly of the third estate declared itself the “Assemblée Nationale Constituante” in 1789, it was a revolution. But what would this General Assembly be today, in the age of globalization – and who would be part of the “third estate”? While Europe and the US are debating the modernization losers and underdogs, the proletariat and shift to the right in their own countries, the General Assembly goes one step further with regard to the global reality of politics and economy, giving a voice to those who are underrepresented, who are not heard, the global third estate: labor immigrants, cross-border commuters, children, future generations, war victims, textile workers, miners, farmers, economic and climatic refugees, the victims of the dawning ecocide, the oceans, the atmosphere, the farm animals and the trees. In three plenary sessions 60 representatives will ask the question where we stand as a global community and what needs to be done – socially, ecologically, technologically, politically. What does political sovereignty mean in the age of globalization? How do the interests of the world’s population relate to the democratic principles of the national states? Whose demands for independence, dignity, and happiness can become the demands of all mankind? A local parliament will be replaced by a global parliament, which will urge the members of the newly elected German government to join them.
November 3-5, 2017, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin, with Live-Streaming to Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers Paris, Théâtre National Wallonie – Bruxelles, NT Gent, SPIELART Festival München, Théâtre Vidy Lausanne and SPIELART Festival München.
The General Assembly will be theoretically conceptualized in advance in collaboration with the political advisors of the project in a companion volume and on a website which was conceived for the project, it will be commented on continuously and will finally be documented in a comprehensive web archive. All of the delegates’ statements during the three plenary sessions can be followed live on the website in German, English and French language and will be shown at the weekend of the General Assembly in various theaters, universities and political institutions in Germany and across the globe.
CONCEPT AND DIRECTOR Milo Rau DRAMATURGY Eva-Maria Bertschy, Stefan Bläske STAGE AND COSTUME DESIGN Anton Lukas PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Eva-Karen Tittmann DRAMATURGY ASSISTANCE Carmen Hornbostel, Katharina Wojcik WITH Achille Mbembe, Can Dündar, Chantal Mouffe, Ulrike Guérot, Jean Ziegler, Armen Avanessian, Wolfgang Kaleck, Harald Welzer, Robert Misik etc.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY is a production of the IIPM in collaboration with the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the multisectoral funding of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe in Berlin in collaboration with ECCHR, German Watch, Campaign for a UN parliamentary assembly, FIAN, DIEM25, Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker and Welthungerhilfe.