Since its playful inception in 2011, Nesterval has been turning the spectator into the spectacle and the viewer into an integral part of the performance, inviting all of us to ask heavy questions with a disarming lightness and to seek answers in the unlikeliest of places. Nesterval combines elements of immersive theatre, with classical acting, game culture and performances. By playing with notions of gender, identity, high and popular culture, and power dynamics, Nesterval invites the audience to discover a world that hides in plain view. All Nesterval adventures are site-specific events that reference the cultural, social, and historical aspect of the location.
For the most recent show Nesterval’s Dirty Faust (2017–18) – a coproduction with brut Wien and supported by “shift. Basis.Kultur.Wien” – Nesterval combined Goethe’s Faust with the pop-culture dance classic Dirty Dancing, and transformed an abandoned church and a Kindergarten, in Vienna’s 10th district into the Hotel Nesterval.
Previous shows and performances include: Die Heimkehr der Eleonore Nesterval for steirischer herbst, Festival of New Art, 2016; The House of Hildegard and The Downfall of Edith Nesterval at /slash film festival, 2014, 2015, 2016; Terrenus, for Vienna Streetlife Festival in cooperation with FM4, 2016; Nesterval. The Last Ball, at imagetanz festival, brut Wien, 2016; Vienna Secrets in cooperation with the Vienna Tourism Board, performed in London, Bucharest, Warsaw, Rome, Zurich, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Paris, 2016; Where the f*** is Alice, Karlstag, 2017; Zirkus der Schatten, in cooperation with Circus Picard, Lower Austria, 2017; The Suffering of the Brothers Grimm, 25th Sepctrum Theatre Festival, Villach, 2017.