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May 18th, 2011
Episode 1 of 3 episodes
No other German artist and theater director has been as active as Christoph Schlingensief in earning the term "political" for his work. As society's concept of the political became increasingly arbitrary and theatrical, Schlingensief responded with a rather unusual cure: he fought against the haziness of politics by totally confusing supposed unambiguities, by using reality as the main platform for his work and by working with handicapped or amateur actors. The theatre cannot function without reality this was one of Schlingensiefs main credo. Listen to the second part of the interview with Anna Teresa Scheer who also tries to answer the question: How would the Australian audience be able to engage with an artist like Schlingensief or how would Schlingensief have worked in Australia?