An Incom­ple­te Gui­de for Uncon­di­tio­nal Theat­re UT — So Far (SF).
The only con­stant is Pro­cess and our Cre­do: Love Play Fight! Add it to each sin­gle point.

by Hayat Erdoğan, Tine Milz, Julia Rei­chert

1. Uncon­di­tio­nal Theat­re (UT)

or Keep moving.*[1]

Unbe­ding­tes Thea­ter ist ein ver­dich­te­ter Ort des Expe­ri­ments, Den­kens und Aus­drucks.
UT setzt sicht­bar und hör­bar ästhe­ti­sche, ethi­sche, sozia­le und poli­ti­sche Impul­se.
UT befragt tra­dier­tes Wis­sen und Kon­ven­tio­nen.
UT setzt neue Nar­ra­tio­nen in die Welt.
UT erprobt Poten­tia­le des Als-Ob.
UT sucht neue For­men.
UT ist offen für l‘arrivant (Der­ri­da).



Uncon­di­tio­nal Theat­re is a con­den­sed space of expe­ri­ment, thought and expres­si­on.
UT pro­vi­des audi­ble and visi­ble aes­the­ti­cal, ethi­cal, social and poli­ti­cal impe­tu­ses.
UT ques­ti­ons tra­di­tio­nal know­ledge and con­ven­ti­ons.
UT brings new nar­ra­ti­ons into the world.
UT chal­len­ges the poten­ti­als of the as-if.
UT sear­ches new forms.
UT is open for l‘arrivant (Der­ri­da).


*The mar­ket and its ope­ra­ti­ons have a ten­den­cy to rein­for­ce suc­cess. Resist it.
Allow fail­u­re and migra­ti­on to be part of your prac­ti­ce.

[1] All (*) are quo­tes from Bruce Mau: An Incom­ple­te Mani­festo for Growth (1998)

2. Public Decla­ra­ti­on

or Dont be cool.*

Lei­ten heisst sich ver­pflich­ten, indem man sich erklärt, indem man sich für etwas aus­gibt und hin­gibt.
Lea­ding is a pro­mi­se to devo­te and pro­fess oneself. It is pro­fes­si­on, is duty that anchors free­dom, is duty to be respon­se-able. Lea­ding is public decla­ra­ti­on, is pro­fes­si­on of faith, is con­fes­si­on. It is also a per­for­ma­ti­ve act.

*Cool is con­ser­va­ti­ve fear dres­sed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.

3. Prac­ti­ced Hos­pi­ta­li­ty

or Laugh.*

Wir sind Gast­ge­be­rin­nen. Wir glau­ben an Kos­mo­po­li­tis­mus. We tre­at guests as friends. Wir glau­ben, dass Gast­freund­schaft unbe­dingt not­wen­dig ist für eine ethi­sche, poli­ti­sche, sozia­le Kul­tur des Mit­ein­an­ders. UT deve­lo­ps new ritu­als for living tog­e­ther: «Forms of inter­ac­tion and of com­pa­n­ions­hip» (Appiah).

*Joy is the engi­ne of growth.

4. Open­ness for the New

Or Love your Expe­ri­ments as you would love an ugly child. / Stand on someo­nes shoul­ders.*

Das Neue ist nur dann inno­va­tiv, wenn wir Ver­än­de­rung mit­ge­stal­ten. Das Neue steht auf den Schul­tern des Alten. Das Neue erin­nert sich erfin­dend nach vor­ne. Es ent­wirft sich in die Zukunft und ver­wan­delt Wis­sen, künst­le­ri­schen Aus­druck und Wahr­neh­mun­gen.


The New is inno­va­ti­ve only if we co-crea­te chan­ge. The New stands on the shoul­ders of the Old. The New (re-)invents while remem­be­ring for­wards. The New pro­jects its­elf into the future and trans­forms know­ledge, artis­tic expres­si­on and per­cep­ti­ons.

*You can tra­vel far­t­her car­ri­ed on the accom­plish­ments of tho­se who came befo­re you. And the view is so much bet­ter.

5. __________________.

Or Inten­tio­nal­ly left blank …*

* Allow space for the ide­as you havent had yet, and for the ide­as of others.

6. No Buz­z­words – no Label­ling

or Make new words*

We say No to catch­phra­ses, pigeon-hole thin­king and empty com­mon­pla­ces.
We say No to re-actio­n­isms on short-term trends, topics and terms. Used infla­tio­na­ry, fan­cy terms beco­me labels and even­tual­ly hol­low.
We want to turn the atti­tu­des resi­ding in words like enga­ged, embed­ded or col­la­bo­ra­ti­on into actions: uncon­di­tio­nal­ly, fun­da­ment­al­ly and all-embra­cing.
We are con­vin­ced that Zeit­ge­nos­sen­schaft doesn’t necessa­ri­ly con­sist of the accu­mu­la­ti­on of buzz-words & dis­cour­ses, but of rele­van­ce.
Rele­van­ce is not­hing that you can ulti­mate­ly defi­ne, fore­ver. We want to act on behalf of an agi­le art. We want to act on behalf of an art that ques­ti­ons and cri­ti­ci­zes its­elf.

*Expand the lexi­con. The new con­di­ti­ons demand a new way of thin­king. The thin­king deman­ds new forms of expres­si­on [that] gene­ra­tes new crea­ti­ons.

7. Ques­ti­ons ins­tead of Ans­wers

or Ask stu­pid ques­ti­ons.* & Take fiel­dtrips.**

Wir beken­nen uns zur Kom­ple­xi­tät der Welt. Wir beken­nen uns zu Thea­ter als Ort, an dem Wider­sprü­che mög­lich und nötig sind. Wir wol­len raus aus der Bub­ble.


*Growth is fue­led by desi­re and inno­cence. Assess the ans­wer, not the ques­ti­on. Ima­gi­ne lear­ning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.

**The band­width of the world is grea­ter than that of your TV set, or the Inter­net, or even a total­ly immer­si­ve, inter­ac­ti­ve, dyna­mi­cal­ly ren­de­red, object-ori­en­ted, real-time, com­pu­ter gra­phic-simu­la­ted envi­ron­ment.

8. Time is the most Pre­cious Resour­ce

or Slow Down.* → Go Deep.**

Living life as pro­ject exploits crea­ti­vi­ty.
Acce­le­ra­ti­on of infor­ma­ti­on crea­tes instant thought. Wir set­zen die­ser Dyna­mik von Selbst­ver­schleiss und Ver­fla­chung struk­tu­rell etwas ent­ge­gen: Slow down.

* Desyn­chro­ni­ze from stan­dard time frames and sur­pri­sing oppor­tu­nities may pre­sent them­sel­ves.

** The deeper you go the more likely you will dis­co­ver some­thing of value.

9. Don’t Eat Your Neigh­bors

or Col­la­bo­ra­te.*

Unbe­ding­tes Thea­ter erprobt Prak­ti­ken des Mit­ein­an­ders und der künst­le­ri­schen Ko-Exis­tenz.

We won’t can­ni­ba­li­ze our neigh­bors, wir machen uns ver­wandt. We belie­ve in dia­lo­gue and exchan­ge. We don’t want con­sen­sus. We want to cul­ti­va­te the ago­nistic princip­le for a demo­cra­tic co-exis­tence.

*The space bet­ween peop­le working tog­e­ther is fil­led with con­flict, fric­tion, stri­fe, exhilara­ti­on, delight, and vast crea­ti­ve poten­ti­al.

10. Col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve Iden­ti­ty – CI

or Drift. Allow yourself to wan­der aim­less­ly*

UT says no to cor­po­ra­te, the ful­ly nor­med and insti­tu­tio­na­li­zed.

We deco­n­struct the con­cept of Iden­ti­ty and we cele­bra­te plu­ral Iden­ti­ties: open, flu­id, vivid, ever-chan­ging iden­ti­ties as «affinit[ies]» (Hara­way).

Wir lie­ben Brü­che, Ris­se und Noi­se.

We favor inter­ac­tion bet­ween artists, aes­the­tics, Sti­len und Sujets, Tech­ni­ken und The­men.

UT setzt auf Wie­der­erkenn­bar­keit durch ver­knüpf­te Viel­hei­ten.

*Work the meta­phor

11. Just Do it*

oder If the fear wont go away, some­ti­mes, you’ll have to do it afraid

UT keeps the wolf from the door. Angst wird benannt, wird The­ma, inspi­riert oder for­dert zur Kon­fron­ta­ti­on. Angst lei­tet nicht. Unbe­ding­tes Thea­ter erkennt — wenn über­haupt — die Rea­li­tät der Bedro­hung an, nicht die der Angst.

*Lis­ten care­ful­ly. Lack judgment. Post­po­ne cri­ti­cism

12. Unru­hig blei­ben

oder Allow events to chan­ge you*
«The­re is not­hing sta­ble under hea­ven» (Bald­win). Unbe­ding­tes Thea­ter ist ein Work in Pro­gress. Ist bereit zu ler­nen und zu ver­ler­nen. Es scheut sich nicht ein­zu­reis­sen, was es auf­ge­baut hat. Unbe­ding­tes Thea­ter bleibt unru­hig, stays with the trou­ble, reagiert stark aber glät­tet auch die Wogen und baut Zufluchts­or­te wie­der auf. (Hara­way)

*If you like it, do it again. If you don’t like it, do it again.