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Internationales Sommerfestival 2020

Der Willy Brandt-Test

  • © Rita Brandneulinger
  • © Lorenz Tröbinger
Theater & Performance / Online
  • Duration: ca. 120 Min
  • Tickets: 28 Euro (conc. from 14 Euro)
  • Each participant requires their own ticket. The fun is increased when two players (maximum) take part together on the same computer – in this case, you will still need to purchase one ticket each.

The Vienna-based performance group Nesterval are specialists for immersive, queer pop theatre deconstructions. They perform in empty buildings, entire villages or, as in their latest piece, using digital tools such as Zoom. The starting point for DER WILLY BRANDT-TEST is a mysterious experiment from the 1970s when male friendships between Willy Brandt, Bruno Kreisky and Olof Palme characterised the golden era of European social democracy. The party archives give nothing away about the experiment and little is known about Gertrud Nesterval's part in this project. Her son Jonas Nesterval wants to complete his mother's work in the midst of current global crises almost 50 years later and invites the audience to save the social democracy idea. 32 spectators meet 8 performers from Vienna and Hamburg live from their computers at home. In changing teams, they are connected in different digital rooms and enter the final phase of the Willy Brandt test.  Left or right? Up or down? Escape or attack? How will you decide?

With their first work in Germany, the collective, nominated for the Austrian Nestroy Prize, shows how theatre in digital space can be a thoughtful, entertaining and social experience. And anyone who has ever seen one of their fast-selling shows will understand why Nesterval and their queer performance family are celebrated like popstars.

Each player requires their own ticket. The fun and games are increased when two players (maximum) take part together on the same computer – in this case, you will still need to purchase one ticket each. You will receive an email in advance of your booked performance about how to log on and play.

  • Cast: Rita Brandneulinger, Romy Hrubeš, Astôn Matters, Chris Pfannebecker, Pamina Puls, Sven Saim, Lorenz Tröbinger, Gankerl Walanka, Christopher Wurmdobler
  • Direction: Herr Finnland
  • Story: Frau Löfberg
  • Video: Lorenz Tröbinger
  • Costume Design: Andy Reiter
  • production: Pamina Puls
  • Grafic: Rita Brandneulinger
  • Set-Consulting: Andrea Konrad
  • Sound-Editing: Alkis Vlassakakis
  • Doll Making: Claudia Six
  • Analysis: Herr Finnland, Frau Löfberg, Christoph Anders, Andreas Fleck, Alkis Vlassakakis, Anne Wieben
  • Voice of Neserval Foundation: Heidi Neuburger-Dumancic


COMISSIONED BY International Summer Festival Kampnagel FUNDED BY Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport Österreich; Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin.

Der Willy-Brandt-Test is based on the work Der Kreisky-Text, a CO-PRODUCTION by brut Wien and BE SpectACTive.

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