Ant Hampton and Christophe Meierhans will return. They will return with The Thing an automated workshop which you can read about more here.
In addition Ant Hampton will lead a week long writing lab dealing with site and intervention.
“Both Ant Hampton and Christophe Meierhans are brilliant artists who make the kind of work that entangles audiences in their artistic and activist concerns. The work they make calls upon audiences to engage with the world in disruptive but hopeful ways –and to ask again: what can be done? They come to include the studying artist in their questions, in their thinking and practising.”
Alexander Graham Roberts, programme director.
Christophe Meierhans (Switzerland, 1977) started out as a composer but works in a wide variety of media. He has previously appeared at Kaaitheater with much talked-about productions like Some use for your broken clay pots (2014), in which he presented a new form of democratic regime, and Verein zur Aufhebung des Notwendigen – A hundred wars to world peace (2015) – an exercise in anarchy through cooking. Christophe experiments with participation and the politicisation of ostensibly ordinary acts.
From 2017 to 2021 Christophe Meierhans will be artist in residence at Kaaitheater.
Ant made his first show in 1998 under the name Rotozaza. - a performance-based project which ended up spanning theatre, installation, intervention and writing-based works. His work, though varied in tone and content, has consistently played with a tension between
liveness and automation, especially through the delivery of instructions to unrehearsed guest performers, or more recently to the audience themselves (“Autoteatro”). Rotozaza became a partnership with Silvia Mercuriali, and ended in 2009 after their last production Etiquette, which was also the first Autoteatro work. Since then Ant has worked with Glen Neath, Joji Koyama, Isambard Khroustaliov (Sam Britton), Tim Etchells, Gert-Jan Stam, Britt Hatzius and Christophe Meierhans to create the works listed here which continue to tour internationally - over 50 different language versions exist of the various Autoteatro productions created so far.
Other solo projects include ongoing experimentation around 'live portraiture / documentary' as The Other People: structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. This strand of Hampton’s work has more recently begun to merge with the Autoteatro form (Cue China, Someone Else...). He was head dramaturg for 'Projected Scenarios' at Manifesta7 Biennial for Contemporary Art and has contributed to projects by others, including Jerome Bel, Forced Entertainment, Florian Malzacher and Ivana Müller.
Ant has also worked as coach / mentor for artist programmes such as MAKE (Ireland), A-PASS, Sound Image Culture (Beligum), MFAPA at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (Iceland) and Dasarts (Netherlands) where in collaboration with Edit Kaldor he designed and mentored a 10-week block, ‘Every Nerve’. He has created and led workshops worldwide, including 'Fantasy Interventions - Writing for Site-Specific Performance', and ‘Raising Voice in Public Space’ with Edit Kaldor. Currently in development: together with Christophe Meierhans, an ‘automatic workshop’ based on the ideas behind Someone Else.