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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Ant Hampton

Crazy But True (8+)


Crazy But True (8+)
Crazy But True (8+)
Thu 21.09.17

In the performance Crazy But True, children between the ages of eight and eleven form a panel of experts. A text is whispered to them via headsets. They repeat what they hear, and thus present a growing list of extraordinary facts.

Christophe Meierhans

Trials of Money

theatre performance

Trials of Money
Trials of Money
Wed 18.04 - Thu 19.04.18

Trials of Money turns the theatre into a court of justice which does not yet exist. You’re invited to take part in the Special Tribunal for Semi-Human Persons in order to undertake the trial of the thing called ‘money’. The trial is conducted as a collective exercise: while the performers deliver their testimonies, they will respond to any question the audience has. Should money be found guilty, it leaves us with a very problematic question: what could be a just sentence?

Christophe Meierhans

Christophe Meierhans
Christophe Meierhans


Kaaitheater artist-in-residence 2017-2021