Kepler-452 (IT)

CAPITAL. A book that we haven’t read yet

Theartre Show | duration 100 min

At Teatro Out Off, via Mac Mahon 16

Once the play has finished on Wednesday 4th October the meeting with the company and Prof. Vittorio Morfino (ordinary Professor of the History of Philosophy at University Milano-Bicocca) will be held.
Moderated by Ira Rubini (Radio Popolare Milano)

A theatre company that decides to play “Il Capitale” (Capital) by Karl Marx. It decides this because, after the end of the first lockdown, it feels the urge to listen to in the immediate successive stage, would lose their position of employment. Nicola and Enrico hence decide to cruise around Italy at the research of those places in which the pages of Marx became people, locations, events. One day they end up in a factory, the GKN of Campi Bisenzio, which has just closed. One morning of the 2021 summer, the 9th to be precise, the 422 employees which worked there received an email: they did not have to return to work the day after: they’ve been fired. From that day on the employees occupy the factory. In the first days of Autumn the company entered for the first time at the GKN. The workers invite them to eat boar together. From that day on they sleep there, inside the occupied factory, on some cots. Meanwhile Nicola and Enrico interview the hundreds of workers, participate at pickets, assemblies, manifestations, listen, observe, each time looking to return to Marx’s pages to try to establish a creative dialogue between “Capital” and what happens in the environment, between a classic on philosophical and economic literature and a group of human beings in flesh and bones. Then their attention shifted onto three people in particular: Iorio, maintainer, Felice, worker responsible for setting up and Tiziana, worker responsible for cleaning, which they invite to the theatre to make a show together. This is the start of the creation of Il Capital, a show which recounts the meaning what spending 20 years in a factory making pieces, of the difference between who’s done it and who has never done it, of the extraction of surplus value, the closing of one factory amongst many, of what happens when a group of workers decide to attempt to make history, of how for some time the logics of the Capitale become ousted from a perimeter of space, one of an occupied industrial establishment. Of how Il Capital, sooner or later will return to present the bill. Il Capital Is also the story of the meeting between a theatre company and a group of metal labourers in the Capitale’s autumn. Il Capital is especially a show on time, on its passing, on who owns it, on who sells it, buys it, frees it. 

A Kepler-452 project dramaturgy and direction Enrico Baraldi and Nicola Borghesi with Nicola Borghesi and Tiziana de Biasio, Felice Ieraci, Francesco Iorio – factory workers collective GKN and with the participation of Dario Salvetti light and scenic space Vincent Longuemare sound design Alberto Bebo Guidetti video and documentation Chiara Calió technical-scientific advice on “Capital” by Karl Marx Giovanni Zanotti assistant to the direction Roberta Gabriele machinist Andrea Bovaia light and video technician Giuseppe Tomasi sound engineer Francesco Vacca scenic elements created in the Laboratorio di ERT production Emilia Romagna Teatro ERT / Teatro Nazionale thanks to Stefano Breda and Cantiere Camilo Cienfuegos di Campi Bisenzio

Kepler-452 is a theatre company born in 2015 in Bologna from the encounter between Nicola Borghesi; Enrico Baraldi, Paola Aiello and, for the organisation role, first Michela Buscema and then, since 2021, Roberta Gabriele. Since it’s birth the company cultivates this urgency: opening the doors of theatres, go out, observe what’s around, in the unshakable conviction that reality has an autonomous dramaturgical force. The theatrical formats created range from the involvement of non-professionals on stage on the basis of their own biographies, to theatrical reportages that transform investigations into reality into performative moments, to the creation of audio-guided itineraries and other devices for interaction with the urban space, up to the creation of the Festival 20 30 which, starting from 2014, brought many under 30s on stage in an attempt to paint a generational fresco. Starting from 2018, a production path begins with ERT / Teatro Nazionale (“ Il giardino dei ciliegi – Trent’anni di felicità in comodato d’uso” (The cherry garden – Thirty years of happiness on loan for use) (2018) while in 2019 F. – Perdere le cose” (F. – Losing things) debuts. Starting from 2017, its creats several editions of Comizi d’amore, a participatory theatre format that tells the story of communities on stage starting from the questions posed by Pasolini in his honomymous documentary.

photos Luca Del Pia

10 – Stagione Teatrale

10 – Theatrical Season
multidisciplinary season

Present / International / Participatory / Urban / Political / Game / Civic / Multimedia / Project / Device

10 keywords. 10 ways. 10 actions. 10 shows.

10 is round and double figure, the one of big occasions to be celebrated and balances to evaluated. These have been years of races, chases, discussions and question marks. Years in which we have experimented and dared. We assumed our liberties and shared them. We have met and gotten to know the neighbours of the district first and then the rest of the world. We have listened and translated different languages. We have gained confidence with new the technologies, the multimedia and the digital, conversed with computers and programmed smartphones, composed playlists and conceived new formats. We have invaded squares, streets and metro stops,  walked through peripheral streets and paths as well as looked at the world from above. We have seen dawns and sunrises just outside the city, played with kids and children and chased elderly in tights who believed themselves Superman. We have danced to German pop, the Catalan pasodoble and English rock. We almost founded a party. We fell in love numerous of times like all free girls.

The wish to understand, enter the issues, imagine and discover new ways of doing remains the same to what it was ten years ago. The world for us is yet to leaf, many urgencies to explore, many questions to verify even is often the answers fail to satisfy. And so we continue, always more confident that putting the people and their actions at the center of the projects is a way to listen to a thousand different perspectives and open new outlooks on the world which surrounds us. We are interested in the future. The next ten years. We have always liked challenges. We believe in the purity of the public and the coherence of our work, of which the vision is founded on the belief that artistic creation is an active lever and activator for the reflection and collective action on the social dynamics of contemporary life.  

The shows that we present are born and tell lived lives, experiences perhaps extreme, often far from the narration yelled from media and socials. At the base of the artistic research on the shows in programme we can always find a real date, a witness or a historical/scientific document, an urgency to recount. Because they are a set of small stories, daring gestures and controversial choices which make history. And this will continue to be our direction. 

10 – double and round figure – it opens already with a +1 to imagine a new decade, depict other worlds, every time more confident the the power of artistic pieces can transform into political action and impact our closest future.


Last focus of the season, HUMAN offers performances that address the times of today by placing man and his rights, his strengths, his contradictions and sufferings at the centre. After the short century, which showed the brutality of humanity and also the ability to get involved again, what have we become? Who do we want to be?

Hobsbawn said that the 1900s had ended in a global disorder of an unclear nature and without a clear mechanism to end or control it. Are we facing the new twenties, with the naïve and glitzy consciousness of what is happening around us?

Will the homo sapiens, well defined and described by Harari, be able to make sense of the world he created? And understand global developments and distinguish the mistake from what is correct?


These, the shows of FOCUS VIRTUAL.

October – November
[Travelling show]
A ZONA K production in collaboration with Casa degli Artisti

c/o places in the city


22 – 23 October

c/o ZONA K


12 – 13 November

c/o ZONA K


28 – 29November
[multimedia show]
A ZONA K co-production presented in collaboration with Olinda Onlus

c/o TeatroLaCucina


26 – 29 novembre

At the end of not only the year but also of the three-year period and of a path that until today has led us to invite the most representative names of that genre defined Theatre of reality, we will dedicate two days to a convention of reflection and comparison on what future prospects they are outlined in the relationship and in the action of the theatre on reality.
An important opportunity to take stock of the current situation in Europe but also to open up new questions and questions. For the occasion, some of the artists hosted over the years and the operators and critics most sensitive to the topic will be invited.

c/o ZONA K and other places in the city


Discover the entire programme of the Theatre Season 2020 REALITY


Photo ©Rocco Rorandelli / TerraProject


Already in the 1930s, Keyens sustained that the true challenge that needs to be overcome is the reconnection of economy and society in an intelligent and non regressive manner.

After a century and another devastating economic crisis, it is understandable to wonder if a mediation between the modernizing push of progress and the needs of society is still possible.

The populist movements of today – whether guided from above or born spontaneously from the bottom – embody a diffused indisposition that contests blocked social hierarchies, as well as stationary social elevators, concentration of richness that is increasingly evident and that no longer allows for the possibility of the acquisition of well being and security in the same way it was assured in the past.

Nonetheless in a panorama so desolating and confused, the voices of those reclaiming the humanistic side of the economy, a social science that needs to occupy itself with the wellbeing of man in the “interest of stability and social justice”, are not missing.

The focus crosses various visions – ironic, disillusioned, worried – of today’s society, that is founded on economy and in which you’ll drown.


5 May 2019
[itinerant performance]

21 – 22 May 2019

24 – 25 May2019

28 – 29 May 2019
Human animal. Liberamente tratto da “il re e pallido” di D.F. Wallace





Climate change, green economy, ecological economics…

The UN defines the green economy as a real perspective. A perspective for which a growth of income and employment are driven by investments whose goal is to reduce pollution, increase renewable energy, make resources more efficient and avoid the loss of biodiversity.

Climate change is a fact: the temperatures are increasing, the precipitation pattern is changing, the ice and snow are melting and the average sea level is rising globally.

Nonetheless the differences towards that science that Darwin referred to as “economy of nature” and that in 1866 was given the name of ecology, are still too many.

Although scientists tell us that we have entered in a so called time of “Anthropocene”, in which the terrestrial environment is strongly conditioned from the effects of human actions, we assist to a global schizophrenia. On one side political, social and economic forecasts are predicting devastating news about the planet’s future, supported by protectionist initiatives, nationalistic closures, and the discussion of the 2015 Paris agreements. On the other hand the birth of transnational movements are in favor of the environment, and new generations are aware of the risks and especially the development of economic investments in energetic camp that let us hope that the green economy will not only remain a dream.



11 – 14, 16 and 18 – 20 

16 October 2019

19 – 20 October 2019
LOOKOUT “a one on one meeting with a city view”

23 October 2019
[meeting] by Q Code Magazine

26 – 27 October 2019
[performance] c/o TeatroLaCucina




Dreaming Collectives.
Tapping Sheeps (State 3)

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italian.


Con la serie Stato 1-4 (di cui questo è il terzo episodio), Rimini Protokoll indaga ciò che oggi sfugge all’organizzazione e al controllo dello stato-nazione contemporaneo. Guarda all’essenza di quei poteri la cui separazione era intesa come principale meccanismo di controllo e monitoraggio delle strutture statali. Quanto questi poteri sono ancor in grado di regolare gli impeti decisivi per il cambiamento sociale odierno?

Benvenuti nell’anno 2048. L’organizzazione dell’umanità è finalmente del tutto digitalizzata. Non c’è più violenza. IRIS controlla le nostre armi. Non ci sono più incidenti stradali, perché IRIS controlla il traffico. La partecipazione democratica avviene tramite interazioni digitali. Ciò che clicchi è ciò che voti. IRIS ne misura i risultati. La democrazia è diventata liquida ed è rimasta teatro – ogni spettacolo è una sessione laboratoriale per 120 spettatori nella nuvola. Equipaggiati di tablet programmati ad hoc, i partecipanti entrano in un processo di voto permanete, tutti connessi alla nuvola attraverso i loro dispositivi digitali. Il pubblico diventa il corpo risonante che proietta le dinamiche dello sciame tipiche della rete nello spazio teatrale. Le loro decisioni si trasformano in suono. I loro dati diventano nuvole digitali. Partendo da Atene, luogo in cui la democrazia è nata e sembra oggi aver fallito, Daniel Wetzel e Ioanna Valsamidou indagano potenzialità e pericoli della digitalizzazione per il processo democratico.


Un progetto ZONA K e Teatro Franco Parenti

Performance – durata 90 min. ca. – in italiano
c/o Teatro Franco Parenti – Via Pier Lombardo, 14


Ideazione, direzione e testo: Daniel Wetzel
 Co-autore: Joanna Valsamidou
 Drammaturgia e ricerca: Julia Weinreich
 Composizione: Lambros Pigounis & Peter Breitenbach 
Direzione tecnica e disegna luci: Martin Schwemin: System Development Design interattivo: Dimitris Trakas/Renia Papathanasiou Scenografia: Magda Plevraki
 Assistenza alla regia e ricerca: Andreas Adreou Collaborazione scenografica: Guy Stefanou
 Assistenze: Nora Otte, Natasha Tsintikidi, Sarah HoemskeRicerca: Annette Müller Produzione esecutiva State 3: Violetta Gyra/Paula Oevermann Produzione esecutiva per Rimini Protokoll: Anna Florin Assistente di produzione: Dimos Klimenof
 Direttore di scena: Norman Schaefer, Franz Dextor 
Luci: Olivia Walter, Thomas Wildenhain 
 Audio: Hannes Rackow/Uwe Lahmann
 Makeup: Gabriele Recknagel
 Oggetti: Reinhild Mende



RIMINI PROTOKOLL è l’etichetta per i lavori di Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi e Daniel Wetzel, che dal 2000 costituiscono un collettivo di registi/autori e firmano le loro opere singolarmente, a due o a tre. Il loro lavoro indaga sistematicamente la realtà attraverso il teatro, utilizzando linguaggi innovativi che hanno di fatto rivoluzionato la scena Europea. Hanno portato in scena impresari di pompe funebri, uomini d’affari africani, programmatori specializzati e grandi investitori, politici ed economisti – i cosiddetti “esperti della realtà” – a volte anche tutti insieme. Ha organizzato passeggiate urbane guidate da un navigatore elettronico, visite a domicilio nelle case, rappresentazioni statistiche in scena delle maggior città del mondo, umanoidi meccanici protagonisti del palco. Sono stati invitati innumerevoli volte al Berliner Theatertreffen e hanno vinto innumerevoli premi (il Leone d’Argento alla Biennale di Venezia, il premio tedesco Der Faust, il riconoscimento come miglior Radiodramma dell’Associazione Ciechi di Guerra tedeschi – il premio per radiodramma più importante in Germania, il Premio Teatrale Europeo, solo per citarne alcuni). Si può ben dire che da metà degli anni 2000 in poi si deve parlare del teatro d’avanguardia prima e dopo i Rimini Protokoll.


Those who want to be political must venture out into the world.

Opening the 2018 theatre season with FOCUS POLITICS is prescient and provocative.
The March elections speak for us. Politics permeates social life in an all too intrusive and shouted way, contributing to spreading disaffection and detachment of citizens. The question arises: is democracy still a representation of popular power? In a rapidly changing society, is the power of democracy still effective? And is it still possible to speak of a public and active Agora?

Two renowned international artists, who have already been guests in previous editions of the ZONA K season, pose these questions. Roger Bernat presents PENDIENTE DE VOTO (PENDING VOTE). A show in which the participation of the public is requested in a political reflection that humorously tackles the mechanisms of power in all democracies and the totalitarian drifts germinating in the community. It is also a reflection on the word citizenship and participatory democracy, which cannot fail to remind us of the forthcoming political elections.

Yan Duyvendak, Nicolas Cilins & Nataly Sugnaux Hernandez (CH) with ACTIONS: a scenic device that gives shape to an ideal democratic assembly where refugees, political leaders and volunteers of the city can express themselves, with the aim of responding with effective and direct actions able to involve positively every single individual and at the same time get out of the doldrums of the rhetoric of good intentions.

Finally, in the Italian section, ZONA K will host the revelation artist Filippo M. Ceredi with BETWEEN ME AND P., an intimate documentary show about a brother who has mysteriously disappeared. Once again it is the action of an individual that becomes a political gesture in the radical refusal to submit to the status quo of today’s society.


16 – 17 February 2018 h 20.00
Roger Bernat/ FFF (ES)

20 February 2018 h 18.30
Eric Gobetti and Simone Malavolti
[documentary film]

2 -3 March h 20.00, 4th March 2018 h 17.00
Filippo M. Ceredi (IT)

9 – 10 March 2018 h 20.00
Yan Duyvendak & Nicolas Cilins & Nataly Sugnaux Hernandez (CH)
[participatory performance]
c/o Casa della Memoria