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Vesper No. 2 | Author-Matter | Spring-Summer 2020

 

 

Rimini Protokoll

Nachlass. Pičces sans personne

 

What remains after we are dead? How can memories be staged?

The German word “Nachlass” corresponds to the whole of the material and immaterial goods left by a deceased person. It’s composed of «nach» (after) and the verb «lassen» (to leave).

In 2017, Stefan Kaegi/Rimini Protokoll accompanied eight people who for different reasons have decided to prepare their farewell. In collaboration with the stage designer Dominic Huber, they built eight spaces. Inside the protagonists tell, in their absence, the story of what remains when they are no longer there. The contribution presents the full text of the work.

“Nachlass” offers eight positions on what heritage and legacy mean today. How does our legislation affect the configuration of individual estates? What are the historical insights that seem important enough at the beginning of the 21st century to be preserved for future generations? What do we want to pass on to the people we love, and what do we want to leave for the society we live in? The eight protagonists guide the readers to the point where the baton is passed from generation to generation and to the borders of our very existence.

 

 

 

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