sebastian blasius: absent wolves

in cooperation with kunsthalle düsseldorf, stiftung zollverein, folkwang universität der künste essen/bochum
unesco-welterbe zollverein
2 to 4 jul 2021
Credits: Dieter Hüsten
Credits: Dieter Hüsten

»something happens to a landscape where wolves live. their invisible presence is like a quiet melody that changes the mood.« Petra Ahne, 2017

voices from the urban society of düsseldorf and essen meet nomadic practices meet instructions for wolf hunting. we have become accustomed to the absent wolves as a result of their deliberate extermination: with the settling down of man, the wolf was declared our competitor. deprived of his natural hunting grounds, he invaded the man-made order, helped himself to the stock of useful animals. who, on the other hand, could we be if we had developed a different, non-dominating relationship to our environment, in which the wolf could also coexist?

the performance project experiments with new forms of the collective and nomadic and includes voices of citizens of düsseldorf and essen: what alternative ways of being-in-the-world are imaginable for them? how does it feel to live without wolves?

the project is designed as an installation, spectators can choose the moment of their arrival and departure.

concept/direction: sebastian blasius

performers/participants: calvin-noel auer, nadja bruder, fabian hagen, annelie korn, leon rüttinger, pujan sadri, clara schwinning, rosalia warnke (graduating class »schauspiel« of the folkwang universität der künste essen/bochum)

Interior design: ralf ziervogel



2 July 2021, 4:00 p.m.

3 July 2021, 3:00 p.m.

4 July 2021, 12:00 a.m.

unesco-welterbe zollverein
Event Partner Address
hall 8
45309 essen