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 (Jac­ques 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 (Jac­ques 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. Prac­ti­cing 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» (Kwa­ne Antho­ny 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 a pro­ject exploits crea­ti­vi­ty.
Acce­le­ra­ti­on of infor­ma­ti­on crea­tes instant thoughts. 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 an ago­nistic princip­le for 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 the cor­po­ra­te, the com­ple­te­ly nor­ma­li­zed and institutionalized.

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

Wir lie­ben Brü­che, Ris­se und Noise.

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

UT setzt auf Wie­der­erkenn­bar­keit durch ver­knüpf­te Vielheiten.

* Work the metaphor

11. Just Do It.*

or 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

orAllow events to chan­ge you.*

«[…] the­re is not­hing sta­ble under hea­ven.» (James 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, «stay­ing with the trou­ble» (Don­na Hara­way), reagiert stark aber glät­tet auch die Wogen und baut Zufluchts­or­te wie­der auf.

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