»Spiegelneuronen« von Stefan Kaegi

Ein dokumentarischer Tanzabend mit Publikum

Sasha Waltz & Guests mit Rimini Protokoll

»Spiegelneuronen« von Stefan Kaegi

rehearsal picture Spiegelneuronen ©Bernd Uhlig
rehearsal picture Spiegelneuronen ©Bernd Uhlig
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
©Bernd Uhlig

Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi

A documentary dance evening with audience

Sasha Waltz & Guests with Rimini Protokoll


This piece is an experiment. Different in every performance. It is about the human brain and its relationship to the body. The audience is an essential part of the experiment, because it is invited not only to observe the creation of movement, but also to join in, and from its seats become an active part of a shared system, to experience itself as part of a kind of large brain.


A mirror is located where the stage normally is. It reflects not only the dancers, but also the entire audience like a gigantic selfie. The auditorium turns into the main place of action. In exchange with the dancers, the audience finds itself at the center of the movement and not only experiences itself in the »embodiment« of complex images, but also contributes to the choreography of the group. Through the mirror, the audience members observe themselves and the others while watching the experiment at the centre of which they are sitting.


Neuroscientists assume that control of our nervous system is not centralised, but that different areas of the brain communicate intensively with each other, similar to a computer network with algorithms. Even scientists can only speculate about how exactly this happens. New mechanisms are constantly being discovered. In the early 1990s, for example, mirror neurons were discovered: These supposedly cause the brain to be stimulated in a similar way, regardless of whether we do something ourselves or observe the same action in another person. Although difficult to prove in humans, mirror neurons could be a key to explaining empathy and mutual understanding.


The documentary research for this evening incorporates perspectives from brain research, biology, sociology and artificial intelligence, which the audience hears and experiences in a sound collage - perhaps even anticipates or evades. In this theatrical experiment, the relationship between the individual and the greater whole invites physical reflection on society, on a democratic version of a hyper-organism.


»Spiegelneuronen« is the first collaboration between Sasha Waltz & Guests and the documentary theatre label Rimini Protokoll. Following »remains« by Andrew Schneider in 2020, the dance company opens itself up to new styles and continues pursuing its interest in artistic research and cross-genre collaboration with international artists to expand its repertoire. Coming from very different backgrounds, both are interested in the unusual use of spaces and interdisciplinary work. Together with dancers from Sasha Waltz & Guests and the audience, Stefan Kaegi examines the relationship between the individual and society using the means of dance and a large mirror.

World Premiere

14 August 2024

Szene Salzburg

Please note that partially bright lights will be used during the performance.


»Spiegelneuronen« is a participatory theater experience. This means that there may be times when you are in close proximity to the people sitting next to you. For people who feel uncomfortable with this, we have reserved an allotment of seats at the sides.


All audience members are visible in the mirror - especially in the seats in the 1st row.

14
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
World Premiere
Wednesday 14.8.2024, 20:00
Szene Salzburg, Salzburg AT
16
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
Friday 16.8.2024, 20:00
Szene Salzburg, Salzburg AT
17
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
Saturday 17.8.2024, 20:00
Szene Salzburg, Salzburg AT
18
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
Sunday 18.8.2024, 20:00
Szene Salzburg, Salzburg AT
19
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
Monday 19.8.2024, 20:00
Szene Salzburg, Salzburg AT
21
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
Wednesday 21.8.2024, 20:00
Szene Salzburg, Salzburg AT
29
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
German Premiere
Thursday 29.8.2024, 20:00
Radialsystem, Berlin DE
30
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
Friday 30.8.2024, 20:00
Radialsystem, Berlin DE
31
Aug
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
Saturday 31.8.2024, 20:00
Radialsystem, Berlin DE
1
Sep
Spiegelneuronen by Stefan Kaegi
Sunday 1.9.2024, 18:00
Radialsystem, Berlin DE

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A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests in collaboration with Rimini Protokoll.

A co-production with the Salzburg Festival, Tanz Köln and Kampnagel - Internationales Zentrum für Schönere Künste.

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Continu
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Dialoge ’99/I – Sophiensæle
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Dialoge 06 – Bologna
Dialoge 06 – Freiburg
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Dialoge 07 – Bangalore
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Dialoge 08 – Carlo Scarpa
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Gezeiten
Hin und Zurück (2022)
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Impromptus
In C
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Ira - Zorn - Wrath
Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008)
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S
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SYM-PHONIE MMXX
Tannhäuser
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Allee der Kosmonauten
Beethoven 7
Continu
Dido & Aeneas
EΞΟΔΟΣ I EXODOS
Gezeiten
Impromptus
In C
insideout
Ira - Zorn - Wrath
Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008)
St. John Passion
Kreatur
Körper
Matsukaze
Medea
Na Zemlje
noBody
Orfeo
Passion
rauschen
Roméo et Juliette
S
Sacre
»Sacre« - a three part evening
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SYM-PHONIE MMXX
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Travelogue II – Tears break fast
Travelogue III – All Ways Six Steps
Women
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