Jens Hillje, Alessandro Renda (DE/IT)


5 - 6 November 2022 h. 20.00

A ZONA K project

In the last 30 years of free market and privatisations, many possibilities for a fairer society have been dismantled and competition has become the condition that defines human relations, turning citizens into consumers, shattering the social fabric and individual identities. But the experience of the pandemic has strongly challenged the idea of a neo-liberal economy and society. The desire to be in touch with each other in order to feel connected has revived the desire for solidarity, promoting the search for good practices and simple solutions to very complex problems.

The Chorus is at the origins of theatre, from ritual to true collective character. The Choir in ancient Greek theatre founded European theatre, representing the citizenship of the polis. Through the Chorus we can manifest ourselves in our individuality but also in the deeper spirit of belonging to a community.

We are nothing, we will be everything is a theatrical project produced by ZONA K that will be developed between the territory of La Spezia and other Italian locations including Milan, Pergine, Ravenna. The idea is to work with non-professional choirs belonging to specific categories of workers. In order to face the distortions of the working mechanisms and the exploitation at the basis of many economic and other processes in our society, it was decided to choose three groups, three different choirs: health workers, teachers and riders. Health, education, work: the evidence of the dismantling of welfare policies that has taken place substantially over the last 30 years. The aim is not to tell the story of these workers by leaving them in their own categories, but to explore individual stories in order to address the issue from a different perspective: how aware are we of the effects of our choices? How involved are we in the processes we often condemn? The Chorus becomes an instrument of investigation that allows the collective experience to be transformed into a shared narrative, a chorus conceived as a total work of art and social sculpture. A living ensemble that will unite contemporary working experiences, while the International, the hymn of emancipation and liberation, repository of memories and experiences of 150 years of struggle for the just economic and political recognition of work, will be a prop to verify the actuality of those verses.


show info

c/o Out Off Theatre, via Mac Mahon 16


Project in production. Director Alessandro Renda; Dramaturg Jens Hillje; Production ZONA K (Milan); co-production Pergine Festival (TN), Associazione 47|04 (GO), Atelier Spazio XPO’ (MI); In collaboration with Fuori Luogo La Spezia/Gli Scarti.

The project is realised with the support of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo in the framework of Art Waves Produzioni di cultura contemporanea.


Alessandro Renda is an actor, director and filmmaker in the Teatro delle Albe in Ravenna. He joined the company when he was a teenager, participating in the non-school workshops, an anti-academic theatrical-pedagogical practice created by Marco Martinelli. In 1998 he was chosen to play one of the twelve “palotini” in the play I Polacchi, text and direction by Martinelli, and since then he has been actor and director of the company. Since 2001 he has been guiding the non-school workshops. Since 2003 he has been working on videos, making projections for the stage or video “translations” of many Teatro delle Albe shows and documentaries on the company’s theatrical experiences around the world.

Jens Hillje (Germany, 1968) studied applied arts at the University of Perugia from 1989 to 1995, continuing his studies in Hildesheim and Berlin. Since 1990 he has been working in the German independent theatre scene as actor, author and director. In 1996, together with Thomas Ostermeier, he founded the space ‘Barracke’ at the Deutsches Theater. From 1999 until 2009 he was chief dramaturg and member of the artistic direction of the Schaubühne in Berlin with Thomas Ostermeier and choreographer Sasha Waltz: with them he created a permanent dance and drama ensemble of international importance. As dramaturg, he worked with leading European theatre figures: in addition to Ostermeier, Yael Ronen, Falk Richter, Luk Perceval, Sebastian Nübling, Nurkan Erpulat. During his time at the Schaubühne, Jens Hillje created the F.I.N.D Festival in 2000. The festival for international and contemporary playwrights presented emerging authors from the theatre scene and today is one of the most renowned festivals in Germany. Since the 2013/14 season, Jens Hillje has been co-artistic director and Chief-dramaturg of the Gorki, together with Shermin Langhoff. Since 2021 he has been free dramaturg. In summer 2019, he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale.

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