Florian Malzacher


with Nora Sternfeld and Gerhild Steinbuch

brut at Schwendermarkt
book presentation / Talk brut series in German
{Political Theatre} {Rethinking Democracy} {Prelude}

The art of gathering in theater, art and politics - between radical imagination and pragmatic utopias

In the brut season 2020/21, curator, author and dramaturge Florian Malzacher will discuss burning topics of our time with various guests from art, politics and theory in a regular series of discussions. It is about the scope of political theater and how democracy and community building could function differently. In recent years there have been numerous works in the performative arts - for example by Jonas Staal, Milo Rau, Public Movement, Lotte van den Berg, Rimini Protokoll, Bruno Latour and many others. – who tried to use the special possibilities of theater to think differently or even to reinvent society and democracy.

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Malzacher, Florian: Gesellschaftsspiele. Politisches Theater heute 2020, 164 p. 

The series starts with the talk of Florian Malzacher with cultural scientist and curator Nora Sternfeld and the author Gerhild Steinbuch. The focus of the discussion is Malzacher's book Gesellschaftsspiele, which shows why and in what variety theater is political today in different parts of the world, not only in its content, but also in its form. In a time of great challenges, Gesellschaftsspiele advocates a strong concept of the political and a theater that not only reflects grievances but also helps to change the world.

Florian Malzacher is a freelance curator, dramaturg and writer. After studying Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen he worked as a theatre critic (for publications including Theater HeuteFrankfurter Rundschau and taz) before becoming Chief Dramaturg/Curator for the festival steirischer herbst in Graz 2006 – 2012. From 2013 to 2017 he was Artistic Director of the Impulse Theater Festival (in Düsseldorf, Cologne and Mühlheim/Ruhr). Other credits include (co)curator of the International Summer Academy at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (2002 & 2004), the Performing Lectures in Frankfurt and Truth is Concrete in Graz (2012), the performative conference Appropriations at the Ethnological Museum Berlin/Humboldt Lab (2015), Artist Organisations International at the HAU Berlin (2015), and Sense of Possibility on the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution in St. Petersburg (2017). Florian Malzacher has edited and written numerous books on theatre and performance and on the relationship between art and politics.


“Florian Malzacher revitalizes the concept of 'political theater' at exactly the right moment. An exciting read! ”

Matthias Lilienthal


By and with Florian Malzacher Gäste Nora Sternfeld, Gerhild Steinbuch et. al.

Dates & Tickets



  • Due to the current situation (especially the reduced ticket capacity) we ask you to buy the tickets ONLINE. Online tickets can be booked up to 2 hours before the start of the event.
  • After the ticket purchase, a COVID-19 info sheet for the respective venue and the respective production will be sent to you in due time.
  • All further information can be found here: General Corona-Info

October 2020

Tue. 06.10.2020, 20:00
Pay as you wish. Please register via ticket link.

brut at Schwendermarkt
Schwendergasse 41, 1150 Wien
VHS Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus

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U-Bahn: U3 (Hütteldorfer Straße), Tram: 10, 46, 49 (Hütteldorfer Straße)

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Horrplatz 1, 1100 Wien
U-Bahn: U1 (Altes Landgut), Bus: 15A (Neulandschule), 68A und 68B (Theodor-Sickel-Gasse)

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brut at WERK X

Oswaldgasse 35A, 1120 Vienna
U-Bahn: U6 (Tscherttegasse), Tram: 62 (Sonnergasse)

December 2020
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U-Bahn: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)

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November 2020
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December 2020
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December 2020
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brut at Schwendermarkt

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U-Bahn: U3 (Westbahnhof) Tram: 52, 60 (Anschützgasse) Bus: 57A (Anschützgasse)
VHS Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus

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Die Rabtaldirndln & Yosi Wanunu
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October 2020
Florian Malzacher
October 2020
Karin Pauer & Aldo Giannotti
October 2020
Dominik Grünbühel & Charlotta Ruth
Living Documents I – V
November 2020
toxic dreams
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November 2020
Gin Müller and Denice Bourbon
Sodom Vienna
November 2020
Sodom Vienna
November 2020
Theater im Bahnhof
GUESTS – A Concentrated Talk Show with Pia Hierzegger and Guests

brut at Erbsenfabrik Wien

Herklotzgasse 21, 1150 Vienna
U-Bahn: U6 (Gumpendorferstraße) Tram: 6 (Gumpendorferstraße) Bus: 57A (Fünfhausgasse)

October 2020
Asher O'Gorman
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brut at Ankersaal

Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna
U-Bahn: U1 (Reumannplatz) Tram: 6, 11 (Schrankenberggasse), D (Absberggasse)

October 2020
Simon Mayer
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brut at V°T//Volx

Margaretenstraße 166, 1050 Wien
U-Bahn: U4 (Margaretengürtel) Tram: 18 (Margaretengürtel) Bus: 59A (Margaretengürtel/Arbeitergasse), 12A (Am Hundsturm bzw. Mauthausgasse)

October 2020
Deborah Hazler
That Rant and Rave


12.-Februar-Platz, 1190 Wien
U-Bahn: U4 (Heiligenstadt)

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Rudolf-Salinger-Platz 1, 1030 Wien
U-Bahn: U4 (Stadtpark)

December 2020
Jasmin Hoffer and Oleg Soulimenko

brut at Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art

Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Vienna
Tram: 5, 33 (Laudongasse, Lange Gasse), 43, 44 (Lange Gasse), Bus: 13A (Laudongasse)

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