Christophe Meierhans & Ant Hampton [CH/BE, UK/DE]

The THING – An Automatic Workshop in Everyday Disruption

25.09 – 06.10.2017

Leap of faith

Ant Hampton and Christophe Meierhans join forces to create THE THING, an automated and hybrid form between performance, workshop and journey. Over four episodes, THE THING takes you on an exploration of the overlap between things which matter to the world and a thing each of us could set into motion at any moment.

Doing THE THING is about creating the best possible conditions to take a leap of both faith and imagination, daring to enact another possible version of oneself. To decisively step out of one’s comfort zone by – as David Graeber coins it – ‘insisting on acting as if one is already free.’ In THE THING, no charismatic leader stands in your way. The only ones present are you, a group of 8 to 12 people who open a suitcase and follow a wild mix of different triggers as a guide.


THE THING comprises four episodes, each about four hours long. Choose the days and times which fit you the best. They just need to be done in chronological order.

EPISODE I (4 hours)
Mon 25/09 or Tue 26/09, both at 19:00

EPISODE II (5 hours)
Wed 27/09 at 18:00 or Sat 30/09 at 15:00

EPISODE III (3 hours)
Mon 2/10 or Thu 5/10, both at 19:00

EPISODE IV (4 hours)
Wed 4/10 or Fri 6/10, both at 19:00

creation Ant Hampton & Christophe Meierhans | video production Luca Mattei | coding & electronics Toby Duckworth | creative producer Katja Timmerberg | co-production Kaaitheater, Auawirleben Theaterfestival Bern, West Kowloon Cultural Development, Theatre & Dance Department at Iceland Academy of the Arts, Zeitraumexit, Techne - eine Produktionsplattform von Theater Rampe und Künstlerhaus, Over het IJ Festival, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, FAR° festival Nyon | development support Das Theatre | thanks to Agnieszka Kurant, James Plummer

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