2 – 13 June 2021 in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mülheim an der Ruhr + Online

Body of Knowledge (at home)

Theatre visits the audience at home! The listeners are connected with each other and eight teenagers from Australia by phone. In physical isolation a touching dialogue ensues between generations – about intimacy, sexuality, fears for the future and grief.

05.06.21 22:30–23:45


06.06.21 13:00–14:15


11.06.21 22:30–23:45


13.06.21 11:00–12:15


13.06.21 13:00–14:15


Phone call + video conference
Language: English

© Pier Carthew
© Pier Carthew
© Pier Carthew

The original version of this piece successfully toured the stages of Australia and Europe in 2019. Against the background of the pandemic Samara Hersch has devised a new version of her work that enables members of the audience to participate from home. Connected by digital signals, young people and grown ups exchange knowledge and experiences and, protected by anonymity, accept the uncertain terms of an encounter with strangers.

To participate in the performance, you need a computer and a telephone with access to WhatsApp. You will also receive a package of props by post. To ask for the number that you can be contacted on by WhatsApp and your postal address, we will send you an email after you have bought your ticket. If necessary, please check your spam folder.


Lead Artist: Samara Hersch

Creative Technology: Fred Rodrigues, Nathan Fain
Artistic Associate: Cassandra Fumi
Dramaturgy: Maria Rößler
Production Support: Bec Reid
Photography: Pier Carthew


BODY OF KNOWLEDGE was produced as part of Be SpectACTive! in co-production with the SICK! Festival, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art and Carriageworks. The “At Home” version is a co-production by the International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg and the Zurich Theater Spektakel.


Samara Hersch is a theatre-maker, director and artist whose practice explores the intersections of contemporary performance and social engagement. She recently completed her Masters degree at Das Theatre in Amsterdam. She has a particular interest in cross-generational discourse and non-hierarchical forms of exchanging knowledge. Her work WE ALL KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING, created with Lara Thoms and seven children from Melbourne, won the ZKB Encouragement Award and the Audience Prize at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2019 as well as the Green Room Award for the best contemporary and experimental performance in Melbourne.